Star Wars and Me with Actor Charles Ross
We caught up with actor Charles Ross who is just about to embark on an Irish Tour with his show 'One-Man Star Wars Trilogy', coming to Draiocht on Thursday 18 October, 8pm, Tickets: 18/14e conc ...
Charles will be supported on the night by banker-turned-comedian Aidan Killian and costumed characters in the foyer beforehand for photos!
Charles's One Man Star Wars Trilogy takes fans on a whirlwind adventure through a film franchise that has preoccupied the imaginations of so many children around the world, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes!
Q. When did you first become interested in Star Wars?
A. When I was a child, I lived on a farm in Prince George, a northern part of Canada. We had long winters where it would drop down to maybe -40C and it was very cold for seven or eight months of the year. Because of that, you spent a lot of time indoors and we had no television reception, so you had to watch what you had on video on your VCR. We only had three movies - The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields, Shogun and Star Wars - so nine times out of ten, I ended up watching Star Wars. A lot of times, it would just be on as background noise, and I would think that a lot of it has gone into my head through osmosis and become committed to my memory. And what do you do with that useless piece of information? That was something no one should do to themselves unless you intend to do something positive with it eventually – and so I have!
Q. How did you come to turn your knowledge of Star Wars into a one-man show?
A. I’ve got a degree in theatre with an acting specialisation, but actors are often out of work, so I wanted to do my own one-man show to get a bit of autonomy in my career. One-Man Star Wars Trilogy started life as a comedy sketch, but then my director TJ Dawe and I turned it into a one-hour piece. It went down really well when I performed it at a fringe event in Toronto – and everything’s gone on from there.
Q. How many times have you seen the Star Wars films now?
A. No idea, but I’ve probably seen the first film in the hundreds and the other two films in the Trilogy, probably less than a hundred. The new films I’ve seen maybe half a dozen times.
Q. Which is your favourite character to perform?
A. The Emperor, because he’s such a rotten bastard and Iain McDiarmid who played him is such a fantastic actor.
Q. And which is the most difficult character?
A. Yoda, because the pitch of my voice is different to that of Frank Oz, who did his voice.
Q. Has George Lucas seen your show?
A. Not to my knowledge, but I am officially licensed by LucasFilm – otherwise I wouldn’t be allowed to do the show! – and I was hired to perform at the official fan conventions Celebration III and IV in the US and Celebration Europe in London, so I assume that the people whose opinion he trusts think it is something he would enjoy.
Q. How far have you toured the show?
A. Everywhere from Canada and North America to the UK, Dubai and Australasia. I’ve even performed the show while backpacking around Turkey! There are Star Wars fans everywhere.
Q. Do you have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy the show?
A. No, but it’s probably worth hiring the DVD’s out before you come to see it, because the better you know the films, the more you’ll enjoy it. If you haven’t seen the films at all, it will be a bit like watching a game of cricket when you don’t know the rules!
Q. Do you have another ‘trilogy’ show planned for the future?
A. I have already created a One-Man Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and I’m sure I’ll do another addition to this whole Star Wars thing at some point, although this time I’m definitely going to seek out the rights first! I’ve also a one-man show which is much more autobiographical.
One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, written by Ross and directed by TJ Dawe, has toured the world since January 2001, delighting audiences as far afield as Dubai and Sydney. It has been performed off-Broadway in New York and in London’s West End, at several official Star Wars Celebration events, Glastonbury Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and numerous theatres around the globe. Now Ross is taking his hilarious show on its first ever tour of Ireland. Whether you’re a committed Star Wars fan or simply want to enjoy a fast-paced, side-splitting evening that’s out of this world, make sure you don’t miss it!
One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All ‘Star Wars’ elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.
Suitable for ages 7+
Supported on the night by banker-turned-comedian Aidan Killian ...
Watch a video snippet here ...
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