New for 2016 is our 'Look Who's Talking' series of interviews with some of the artistes we have appearing at Exmouth Pavilion this year. We really hope you'll enjoy getting to know a bit more about them and their lives in and out of showbusiness.
THIS MONTH IT’s ALISTAIR BRAMMER
Having spent so much time in London as a West End star, are you looking forward to performing back at home?
Yes, I always love coming back to Exmouth. I love it the last time I did a concert three years ago. The support was so wonderful and it was just like performing in a room full of friends (I suppose it was!). When I get back up to London it makes me realise how grey the place is in comparison.
Who has inspired you most to follow your dreams?
Tough question. The great artists like Bowie have always inspired me, as have some of my favourite actors like Tom Hanks. Writers inspire me too. But there is a hunger in me that inspires me to continue, sometimes in the face of failure. I just don’t see the point in not trying your best to achieve the best version of what it is you really want. It is people that have made something of THEMSELVES that inspire me most of all. Worked hard, failed, gotten up and tried again until they have succeeded. Fortune favours the brave.
What’s your greatest childhood memory?
There are so many, I couldn’t possibly pick one. Family holidays, Christmas time, any time spent with my six siblings. I really couldn’t pin point one. i was very lucky to have an extremely happy childhood.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an actor?
If I wasn’t an actor I think I would be doing something in property. I watch ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ a lot and now feel, like most, that I am now a fully qualified property developer, haha.
Do you have any hobbies?
Not as such. I don’t really have a lot of time for hobbies unfortunately. I have recently started enjoying a little DIY, and I am an avid movie goer. I used to play the guitar but that has sort of taken a back seat at the moment while I concentrate on work.
How have you settled in with the cast of Casualty?
Brilliantly. Everyone is so welcoming and warm. The producers particularly. And the old hands like Derek Thompson’ who plays Charlie really have gone out of their way to make me feel like one of the family.
What drew you to your character, Jack, in Casualty?
Well, I have never done a regular TV job like that before, and as soon as I saw what the character was I thought ‘now that’s a challenge’. Because those that know me know that I am nothing like Jack in real life. So I sort of saw it as a way of stretching my comedy muscles. I normally play very serious roles, so it was just to do something different more than anything.
How do things differ between working on TV and on the stage?
It’s a completely different job. Sounds silly but it is. It’s challenging. On stage you get to tell a whole story from beginning to end, scene after scene so it’s easy to get swept up. In TV, you are shooting scenes in the wrong order, constantly stopping and starting and having to hit marks. At the time, it feels so unnatural. But when you see it on the TV it works. You have no sense of whether or not what you are doing is good. It’s very difficult. Less physically demanding though. I could go on for days about the differences but I won’t! Don’t worry.
What’s your favourite theatre production?
My favourite theatre production is still War Horse. I watched it twice before I did it and once since. And I miss it constantly. I have never been so blown away.
What’s next for Alistair Brammer after Casualty?
Well, I actually return to Miss Saigon for a couple of weeks to do some filming for something that I am not allowed to talk about too much so that will have to be all I say. And then the day after that I am flying out to Los Angeles to spend three weeks auditioning and shaking hands with people over there. Bit of a reconnaissance mission really. Just to meet people and suss the place out. All fun and games. Then back to London for who knows what after that!