Wigan-born comedian Sam Brady went from Buddhist monk to comedian, and is now training to be an actor! His new show ‘Things I Say When I Don’t Say I Love You’ highlights how Alzheimers affects family relationships. The show is ‘Developed With’ The Lowry and Sam has received a bespoke package of support to make the work. Now find out all about his journey to becoming an actor, who his biggest inspirations are and his most memorable moment to date.
What made you want to become an actor after a career in comedy? I enjoyed the comedy circuit for a while but you spend a lot of time babysitting drunks at hen dos and stag parties and, although I love telling jokes, I wanted to do something more meaningful. Theatre allows me to tell stories and explore a subject more deeply, and the humour can come organically out of the stories instead of me constantly chasing laughs.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry? I grew up watching Alan Bennett and particularly liked the idea of a one-person play in his Talking Heads series. I also admired Victoria Wood’s northern down to earth humour, and more recently I’ve been inspired by Daniel Kitson who’s made the transition from comedian to theatre-maker with his solo shows where he stands up and tells a story and manages to captivate an audience. After seeing one of his shows I thought I could create my own brand of solo theatre.
What’s been your most memorable experience as an actor so far? Thanks to The Lowry’s ‘Developed With The Lowry’ programme, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in acting training – particularly the Meisner acting technique – which provided some fantastic improvised moments with some amazing actors.
My best moment on stage was last year when I performed my play as a work-in-progress at The Lowry. It was my first ever professional theatre performance and it got a wonderful reception from a capacity audience.
Have there been any unexpected elements in the training that have surprised you along the way? Before my professional training I was conscious of trying to say the lines as I thought the character would say them but I’ve been taught that I have to inhabit the character and respond on my natural impulses so that I can create a truthful character on stage. I saw more experienced actors really letting loose with their emotions and that gave me confidence to do the same, which was very liberating. It was strange after years of meditating and learning to calm my feelings, I suddenly had to do the opposite and really let my feelings out.
What would your top tip be for somebody wanting a career in acting? My top tip would be to get some professional training, but try different courses to see what works for you. Then don’t wait for someone else to spot your talent, get out there and create your own theatre.