Damien Molony interviewed by Spotlight

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Damien Molony has been interviewed by Spotlight about his nomination for the prize in 2011 and his career since then. There are a couple of questions about Andrew Gower and their work together on Being Human:

Did Andrew Gower [2010 Spotlight Prize winner] try to give you any tips?

We didn’t actually shoot anything together until episode seven so we didn’t really talk about it that much. He used to give me encouragement and I would try and do the same because I think he is absolutely amazing, a brilliant actor. He goes into so much depth with his preparation. I learnt a lot from just watching him rather than him teaching me.

Read the full interview here.

Warrington Guardian article

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FORMER Great Sankey High School pupil Andrew Gower has been following in the footsteps of Dame Judi Dench, Robert Lindsay and Jim Broadbent after picking up the prestigious Spotlight Prize.

He said: “It was very exciting and unexpected. My mum was away and I couldn’t get hold of anyone so I was just sat on the tube grinning with a cheque in my hand and a bunch of flowers.”

Read the full article here.

Q&A at Perform 2011

Andrew Gower will be taking part in a Q&A session with Will Davies at Perform 2011 as part of Spotlight’s In My Experience session.

We feel he’s a very good example of someone who has trained and is now out there in the industry and making very good progress.

Will Davies, Spotlight

Read more here.

Andrew Gower performs Me, As a Penguin

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The Spotlight Prize is awarded each year to the best UK drama school graduate. Each school nominates their best graduate student who have three minutes to perform live in front of an audience of showbiz professionals (actors, producers, agents, journalists, …) and a jury chooses the winner based on this performance. Past winners include Judy Dench and Jim Broadbent.

In 2010 Andrew was nominated by the Oxford School of Drama – rated one of the top 5 best acting schools in the world – and performed a monologue from the play Me, As a Penguin by English playwright Tom Wells showcasing his impeccable comedic timing.

(The play is about) about a young man from a small seaside town, who goes to stay with his sister and her husband in Hull to try and sample the Hull gay scene. It’s about what happens when you’re outside your comfort zone. Obviously there’s a penguin involved…

The main character Stitch has a bit of a relationship with someone who works in an aquarium and ends up rashly stealing a baby penguin in a moment of impulse. The theft takes place before the play starts, so the narrative is the fallout of that. Stitch is already openly gay, and I think his family is really supportive but the town where he’s from, Withernsea, is really rural and he wouldn’t be likely to meet anyone there.

(Source: What’s on Stage)

“I had a good think last night. While I was projectile vomiting. And I decided, perhaps the gay scene of Hull isn’t for me. It’s the vodka, I think. Among other things. Honestly. I looked deep inside myself. And I just found: wool. I’m not a great one for nightclubs, not a party animal. Can’t imagine I ever will be. I don’t even like sex that much, to be honest. Rather have a good yoghurt. I think the best thing I can hope to do with my life is. Knitting.”

(Source: Wells, Tom. Me, As a Penguin (NHB Modern Plays) (Kindle-Positions668-671). Nick Hern Books. Kindle-Version.)