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SEPTEMBER 5TH 2017
For our Off to Work talent feature of the week, we were lucky enough to interview Brian, a team member working with Off to Work Belfast! Brian is appearing in an adaptation of Macbeth at “The Fat Gerkin” in Moira as part of the Moira Calling Arts Festival on Friday 8th September. The play is a dark, exciting mix of drama and suspense and Brian will be playing the part of Malcolm. We were interested to see how Brian has been able to manage his commitments with Off to Work on top of his jam-packed rehearsal schedule. Here’s what he told us...
I've been working as an actor for six years now. During the first four years, I was also studying Drama at Queens University in Belfast. I joined Off to Work during their first recruitment drive in March 2017 and I immediately trained and started working with them, primarily as a bartender but also as a waiter and barista. I've been really happy with all the work I've done through Off to Work, they always send me to great venues and make sure that clients and team members alike are treated with respect.
My stand out shift with Off to Work was definitely wine waiting for the Northern Ireland VS Norway match in Windsor Park! There were lots of amazing moments, such as Pat Jennings (Former Northern Ireland goal keeper) delivering a speech to a crowd of drunken hecklers and star struck business men. Even more memorable than that, however, was being rewarded by Off to Work for "going the extra mile" for the guests I was serving during that shift, it really made me feel valued.
This production is a modern take on the original Shakespeare play. It’s set in the future and the war is adapted into a 'would-be' nuclear holocaust. It's being produced by a new theatre company called the Bright Umbrella Drama Company, of which I am a member. I was lucky enough to be invited along to an induction meeting for the company by a friend from university when it was first being formed and then I got asked to audition. I was delighted to be offered the role of Malcolm, the usurped son of the murdered king Duncan who flees Scotland to seek refuge in England before waging war against Macbeth!
It has been easy to fit work around rehearsals, thankfully Off to Work are very flexible and operate on a 'book your own shifts' system which is incredibly effective for people like me! It’s made organising shifts that don’t clash with my rehearsals very simple. I have also met a few people who work in the arts scene on my shifts and it’s been helpful to chat with them and discover new events around Belfast. So far this hasn't led to any new developments but I'm sure that given the amount of new and interesting people who I've met through Off to Work, I'm bound to make helpful new connections in the future!
To anyone thinking of joining Off to Work, I would give the same advice as Nike – just do it! They're flexible, they pay well and more than anything, they're absolutely sound! I've thoroughly enjoyed all of my shifts with them and I am excited to see where this journey takes me.
Macbeth will be performed on 29th and 30th September at Accidental Theatre in Belfast. If you’re interested in going to see it (and of course, supporting our amazing Brian) then you can buy a ticket here.