In the spirit of the festive season, the production Going Out with a Bang is running at the Heritage Theatre until Sunday. Valencia Govindasamy chatted to vocalist and guitarist Barry Thomson about the show and his theatre career…
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Kind, humble, passionate.
What’s been the best thing about being involved in Going Out with a Bang?
I am playing lots of new material with the band. The show is a high-energy party show and it’s great to see happy faces out there. Everyone has that wonderful holiday spirit and the show is light-hearted.
What’s it like before every show?
I have coffee, chat with the cast and start the pre-show checks. The atmosphere starts to build as we get closer to curtain-up and we can hear the audience begin to get excited. No matter how you are feeling – sick, tired, sad, happy – you will always feel better once the show starts. The show can get you through anything.
What show was your theatre debut?
Grease, 1988, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. It was amazing and terrifying at the same time to work with a director and a huge cast on a professional stage.
I have watched you at the Heritage Theatre many times and noticed how comfortable you are on stage. Do you ever get nervous before a show?
Absolutely, yes, I do get nervous. It’s an adrenalin rush that keeps me on the edge – I love it.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Eric Clapton. A master of the guitar, and an example of how to stay true to your talents and overcome all obstacles in your way.
What motto or advice do you live by?
Think positive thoughts and you will attract positive energy; and treat others as you would have them treat you.
Is there anything on your Bucket List you have yet to do?
I want to share the stage with Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page. (laughs)
What is the most exciting thing about being on stage and part of a Heritage Theatre production?
There is never a dull moment on stage. We get to play music to different people each night. No two shows are exactly the same, because audiences vary in response from night to night, so we never really know what to expect; and it keeps us on our toes.
If you could give a bit of advice, inspiration, or encouragement to aspiring musicians or those wanting to pursue a career in theatre, what would it be?
Audition wherever and whenever you can. You never know who’s out there. Never let your vision be clouded by insignificant things. Keep your focus, stay disciplined and humble, listen and learn and always maintain a good attitude. - Tonight, Daily News