Artist of The Month- December- Barry O'Rorke

It's all about tradition and festivities when it comes to  December, and to keep the classic going we have interviewed high-profile local actor Barry O'Rorke. Seen in countless theatre productions, movies and TV series, Barry is now starring as Uncle Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol". The show, presented by Sweet and Sour Productions Ltd,  opens tomorrow and runs through Saturday.



1. Name, Birthplace, age:

Kieran Barry O'Rorke: Born in London, UK: Age: playing age 50s (real age 60)


2. How does where you were raised affect your work?

I was actually raised in several different places including Glasgow, Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany, as well as the UK. Not sure how it affects anything but it obviously helps to form one's character so that must affect how we perceive things. 


3. Where did you train?

In as far as I did train I took night classes for about two years at an establishment in Washington D.C. in the 1980s. But the best training seemed to come from being involved in productions...


4. What is your favourite style of theatre? Why?

I am not sure about that. I have seen or been involved in a fair variety of things, from hard-edged realism through to classical and musical productions, and if the script, story and characters hold up then I like them all.


5. What was the best show you EVER saw?

That really is a difficult one, as several productions over the years stand out and I can't narrow them down to a single one.


6.  What was the best show in HK you EVER saw?

Probably 'The Far Side of the Moon', a one-man show by Robert Lepage, part of the HK Arts festival sometime around 2005, though of course there have been other good ones.



7. Of what piece of work is you the proudest? 

Not sure, but the ones I enjoyed doing a lot because I loved the scripts and the roles I was allocated include 'A Cry of Players' by William Gibson - years back-back in D.C., 'Fool for Love' by Sam Shepard - back in London, because I learned how to Lasso very well, and 'Misery' here in HK - because it was so creepy.


8. What is your process like?

Different every time I suspect because no piece is ever the same. And fraught with many little decisions, mostly subconscious I guess.


9.  What is your dream project?

I can't think of one.


10. What do you think about the arts and theatre scene in Hong Kong?

The fact that it exists here in such a business-driven place due to the great efforts of a fairly limited number of people. 



Catch Barry in action in "A Christmas Carol". For more information, click here. 



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