Actor Presenter Model Musician Entertainer Extra
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Unique ID: neil-fitzgerald
- Playing Age: from 45 to 70
Threw myself into acting in my 40 while/after working in journalism, lecturing, training. Found I was fast at learning lines and devising or picking up on ideas and working round technical constraints on stage or set. Highly adaptable, responsive to direction and fellow actors. Grounded in real world - first job during school was clerk in betting shops in North Manchester, first job after university shifting spare parts in warehouse of Birmingham bus factory. Last non-acting full-time job was communications manager in a German investment bank. These and other life experiences are all grist to my work as a character actor, from Newcastle lorry driver to New York bar owner.
Employment History & Experience
Cabaret (Coward, Brecht) various musical roles and poetry Susan Triesman, (STG), Glasgow
Stand Up (Ian Burchardt) Jimmy (Geordie lorry driver) STG (Premiere)
Old Time Music Hall Singer, Patter Merchant Susan Triesman
Mort (Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel) Albert (old Yorkshire servant to Death) Susan Triesman,
Comedians (Trevor Griffiths) McBain (Belfast docker/comic) Susan Triesman,
Barefoot Boy With Shoes On (Edwin Sanchez) Pops (Middle-aged New York Puerto Rican) Strathclyde Theatre Group
Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Steve Martin) Freddie (New York bar owner) Peter Allen
The Offshore Island (Marghanita Laski) Martin (West Country fisherman) Susan Triesman (STG), Glasgow
Stars (Showreel clip 2) Jack, the lonely father Dan Bailey
Dead Letter (Showreel clip 3) likeable but not exactly competent secret agent Patricia Hetherington
WebLog (showreel clip 1) the annoying theatregoer Melissa Parry
Prescription Unknown (showreel clip 4) TV personality doctor Sander Allickmae
The Tutorial patrician Edinburgh senior surgeon Alona Tarka
Extras Work, Partipant, Contestant
Experience & Qualifications
Professional acting, voiceover (drama, games and animation), stage and movies, chiefly character roles and with a range of accents, spanning tragedy/comedy/social-political and agitprop;
professiooicenal singing, principally jazz and standards baritone but also rock and blues, including weekly residences in Glasgow;
professional presenting for business conferences and training videos - background in business journalism.
Qualifications & Training
Strathclyde University Extra-mural Diploma in Drama Studies, Glasgow; series of improvers/actors' courses at City Lit, London and voiceover speciaist industry workshops, including voice, movement, Meisner, Stanislavski, acting across genres (classical, contemporary) and platforms (stage, screen, video, radio, and voiceover for drama games and animation).
Personal singing coaches several months at a time over different periods.
Dubbing/lip synch with special expertise in Bande Rhythmo technology; Firearms-trained (pistols/assault rifles/shotguns - loading and handling, marksmanship and tactical positioning/movement); horse riding; piano/clarinet/singing; cooking, basic electrical, plumbing and joinery (former stage manager).