Having recently retiring as a scaffolder in the UK's offshore industry, I decided to take a new direction, enrolling for evening classes in theatre studies at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
This is my first ever try at a monologue, and was self recorded after only 4 classes (10 hours in total). As I struggle to remember my own name half the time, I found this particularly daunting.
It's my own interpretation of the speech Quint gives, on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, from the film Jaws. It's always been a favourite film of mine, and I love Robert Shaw's performance in it. Spielberg's version wasn't that far from the truth. Although the vessel didn't actually deliver an actual Atomic bomb, it had delivered some critical parts, and more men probably died from drinking seawater and dehydration whilst they awaited rescue than got killed by sharks, but theirs was still an horrific story, and I have total respect for those men that served on her.
Anyway, I obviously have a long road to travel, and much to learn, but, as with all journeys, you have to start somewhere and I hope this is the beginning of one for me. If nothing else comes of it, my lecturer has already told me she can see me getting offered certain types of roles (I think she meant man with long beard parts
), and that I should have no problem getting work as a background artist (an extra)
This will be such a let down after that build up as it was only an exercise, and, given a bit more time, I know I could have done a better job, but I thought I'd post it as some members had already heard I was back at school and had asked me about what I was doing.