I alternate between the three and I combine them. Sometimes I wear the three of them together. They share similarities. The long build-up of a theatre production from writing and composing to early rehearsals to opening night, is like the process of building from design to foundation to completion, or like a song, from the gem of an idea to its performance and recording.
I’ve had these three creative strands running together for most of my life. My childhood was filled with animal menageries and zoos, with highland dancing and trips to the Tivoli for musicals, with devising puppet shows and drumming in Highland pipe bands, and later playing bass in rock bands and learning other instruments and styles. Now I’m a theatre professional and write and direct musicals for community productions.
I enjoy a good surprise, in music, in theatre and in architecture. I enjoy the element of unpredictability in art, the risk taking, the intuitive, that which is unexpected. It might be dramatic, it might express a sense of humour, it might be playful. It might mimic nature or be symbolic. It might need the sameness that it breaks, for its very effect. It might be there purely for its beauty.