Aaron Pressman (who's playing Constable and Bunsby in Around the World in Eighty Days) spoke to Susan Morris about all things Blue Apple.
What previous shows have you been in with Blue Apple?
Hotel, Arabian Nights, Grimm Tales, Much Ado about Nothing, The Selfish Giant.
Do you have a favourite?
Much Ado [as Dogberry and the Friar]. I really enjoyed touring, staying at hotels and stuff, having time with friends, being on stage, and the audience reactions. I like making people laugh. And I liked going to Jersey as well.
Tell me about your new opportunity with Stopgap Dance Company
We first heard about it from Caroline [Blue Apple Choreographer] who arranged for Katy, James and me to go on a course at Guildford University. After that Stopgap asked me to go for an artistic training day and basically I’m now going there every two weeks. They teach how to choreograph, solos and duets and groups. I’m enjoying learning how to choreograph. I also do Street Dance and Contemporary Dance [with Blue Apple].
What do you like about being on stage?
I like the performances, I like the rehearsing too but the performing is more powering. The light effects, the audience interacts, is what really gets me. I like singing as well, pop music and X Factor. I tried to get in a group but I didn’t hear back. It would be good to do singing with Blue Apple.
Do you get nervous when you are performing?
Yes, quite a bit. I am excited, buzzing. Then I start to relax and start doing it.
What kind of show would you like to do in the future?
Musicals, like The Lion King, High School Musical, Cinderella, Snow White. I’d like to tour again!
Who are you playing in Around the World in 80 Days?
I am playing the Constable and Bunsby – who is kind of posh and a bit up himself. He’s quite old. It’s funny, entertaining, amusing.
If someone were thinking of joining Blue Apple, what would you tell them?
I would basically say, it’s fun to do, very entertaining, and go for it, if it is the best opportunity for you, and helps you do what you want to do.
And if someone were thinking of coming to see the show, what would you say?
I would say, welcome! Hope you enjoy the show!