Interview with Anthony Cozens

Graceland, a dark comic play by the critically acclaimed writer Max Saunders-Singer, comes to the Old Red Lion Theatre next month in a triple bill alongside Simon Stephens’ Nuclear War, andthe harrowing Buried. I caught up with Graceland actor Anthony Cozens to find out more.

How did you get into acting?
It’s a very long, boring story but aside from briefly wanting to be a fireman or an astronaut when I was 8 or 9 acting is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I was lucky enough to get into my first choice drama school when I was 20 and that was that.

Can you tell me about Graceland?
Graceland is a short one-man show about a teacher trying to conduct a class whilst really not in the mood to do so. Max has written a beautifully darkly funny piece.

How would you describe your character?
Mr. Chrichton  is a good man going through a bad time. The struggle between trying to do the right thing, and giving in to the collective weight on his shoulders is a fun thing to wrestle with.

What can audiences expect from Graceland?
People can expect some killer writing, some deliberately awkward moments, and hopefully a few laughs. If I do my job properly maybe a few people will even feel sorry for Mr. Chrichton.

You’ve acted in films, television shows and in theatre. Do you a preference in terms of medium?
That’s a bit like asking which my favourite limb is… The thing I love about theatre is the immediacy of it; unless the building is on fire you have to keep going so any problems that arise have to be solved then and there. That’s exciting. But being on a film set is endlessly fascinating; I love watching the different cogs all working together to create the whole… If that makes any sense. In short, no I don’t have a preference so long as I keep getting to do work in all mediums!

What is your dream role?
I don’t have a dream role per se… there are writers and directors who I would love to work with, whatever the role might be. Although having said that, I’ve always wanted to have a go at playing John Proctor in The Crucible.

Graceland plays at the Old Red Lion Theatre form 3 – 21 March.


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