n the build-up for The Island and to commemorate Black History Month, we managed to grab an interview with some of the cast members. The following interview is with Shane Nickels, Executive Producer at Fio and has generously given us a bit of his time to answer the burning questions that we've been itching to ask him and to share not only with us but with you, our audience, a little insight into the production he's involved with. So let's get the show on the road.
1. What was the first performance you were involved with. What was your role?
As an actor I played the villain in a children’s theatre tour. I do not remember the name of the character. Sorry it was 2012!
2. What's been the best performance you’ve been involved in?
The Mountaintop will always have a special place in my heart. I was a new producer who had no idea what they were doing and somehow the show came together. I never got bored watching it. Such an incredible script by Katori Hall.
3. What inspired you to do what you do?
I remember really, really, really not wanting an office job. I’d find it really difficult to do the same thing every day. I’ve actively avoided it my whole life.
4. Who was the best teacher at school or college, why?
Mark Kelley. He was head of school at my university. Quite simply the person who has influenced me the most. So much of what I do and how I approach it comes entirely from conversations we have had.
5. Which comedian makes you laugh most?
I’m a massive fan of stand-up comedy, my favourite changes so often. Right now I am really loving Suzi Ruffle.
6. What’s the most annoying song ever?
God Save the Queen.
7. How many languages can you say hello in?
8. favourite TV show?
Oooh that’s tough. I’m really enjoying Brooklyn Nine, Nine.
9. What's the best advice your parent gave you?
Do what makes you happy.
10. What’s your karaoke song?
Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John
11. What would you say about The Island to others? Why should people come?
This is a chance to see something different on stage. This piece is going to be physical, visceral and emotional. If you’re one of those people who think governments and states need holding to account, then this is a story for you.
12. Describe The Island in three words.
Physical, visceral, emotional.
13. What advice would you give others who want to work in theatre/creative industries?
Do it. Don’t do anything else. You will need to be good at budgeting and it has to be something you do because you love it. This is not always an industry that makes people lots of money. But get good at what you do and love what you do.
14. What is Fio?
Fio in Latin means to belong, to create and to grow. We hold these values in everything we do. We want to makes the arts more representative. We want to challenge misrepresentation and discrimination. We want to tell globally relevant stories.
15. What makes Fio stand out?
Uncompromising. Outspoken. We demand change.
16. How much pain does a state need to inflict before you fight it? Discuss - tell us about the campaign.
We wanted to articulate our reasons for putting this show on and when we thought about the conversation we wanted to have with audiences this felt right. It’s relevant to the history contained in this story. It’s also relevant right now. I believe our state to be inflicting a lot of pain right now on a lot of people.
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