We ask Joel Macey, a graduate actor performing Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, what he’s doing this month…
What brought you to Bristol?
I trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013, graduating in June last year, and now I’ve been lucky enough to join the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory season.
What are you reading?
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts; it’s an incredible book based on a true story in the early 80s about a man who escaped from an Australian jail to India and lived in the Bombay slums.
What’s on your MP3 player?
Ah! So much… Muse, Billy Joel, Adele, Gregory Porter, The John Butler Trio, Queen, Michael Jackson to name a few.
Which café or restaurant takes your fancy?
Primrose Café in Clifton has to be one, and also Lounge in Southville.
Film or performance?
Well I’ve heard there’s a couple of brilliant Shakespeare plays going on at Tobacco Factory Theatres… but asides from them, I’d like to see Pink Mist at Bristol Old Vic, and I still haven’t seen The Danish Girl, so I need to watch that.
Which museum or gallery will you be visiting?
I’d like to see John Akomfrah’s video installation Vertigo Sea at The Arnolfini.
What hobbies or interests will you be pursuing?
I like going to they gym, reading, walking and keeping social really.
What local event will you be attending?
I saw the other day something called Locked In A Room in Bristol, where you get locked in a room and have to escape in 60 minutes by solving clues and puzzles. That sounds like a LOT of fun.
Favourite local walk?
I love the walk from Clifton to Southville by the river.
Any projects/work in progress?
I’m currently having a brilliant time in rehearsals for Hamlet and All’s Well’s That End’s Well with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. We tour the shows around the country, and also abroad to the Craiova International Shakespeare Festival in Romania and the Neuss International Shakespeare Festival in Germany, so lots to look forward to.
For further information visit: www.stf-theatre.org.uk