Working with Durham Theatre Company in the 1990s allowed me to develop my acting skills and technique with a couple of great, fascinating (and difficult!) directors, Cliff Burnett and Steve Rawsthorne (also from Hull Truck Theatre). The plays I acted in under their direction pushed me into a whole new area of thought. they opened me out into a more rounded performer. The two handed play 'Exchanging Glances' written and directed by Rawsthorne is possibly still the play I enjoyed being in most.
Meeting and collaborating with Paul Harman was probably the single most important professional connection I ever made. Paul has worked for over 30 years developing Theatre for Young Audiences, is a respected figure throughout the world, and made me work harder than anyone else!
After 10 years of working on my own material and running Intext Performance, Shelley O'Brian asked me to work with her company to play Benedick in 'Much Ado About Nothing' during an open air season of plays. It got me back into thinking as an actor in an ensemble. The whole company was a joy to be with and that has to stand out as my favourite all round experience.