NAME: JAMES MCMILLAN // ROLE: DIRECTOR // SHOW: ARTERIES BY ANCESTRY
Which three words best describe your show?
Ambitious. Tempestuous. Masculinity.
What do you hope people take away from your show?
I hope people walk away questioning learnt behaviours and considering where parts of their identity have come from; the good, the bad and the ugly.
What was your first experience with theatre?
Years ago, thinking I was going to a visual arts interview and realising on the way there I had put myself down to audition for a theatre course. Read it as a sign and for the first time performed in front of a panel of people. It was a very rough cringe worthy improvised scene, but I ended up being accepted and fell in love with theatre and all it had to offer along the way.
What kinds of works are you most drawn to?
Shows that consider all aspects of the audience’s journey. Shows that consider the production and design elements carefully alongside the content, ensuring that all the elements aid the overall objective of the show. Captivating and extraordinary.
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
Being able to witness what started as an idea manifesting into something so much bigger. Constantly learning and gaining new experiences. Being able to hear so many unique stories and insights.
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