Actor set for Lawrence tour

A NOTTINGHAMSHIRE actor is embarking on a UK-wide tour with a dramatic interpretation of the early life of Eastwood writer DH Lawrence.

Paul Slack, who grew up in Sutton-in-Ashfield but is now based in London, will be performing his one-man show Phoenix Rising at Nottingham Playhouse and Eastwood’s Durban House in September as part of the tour.

Written and directed by Campbell Kay, the audience meets an aging Lawrence, who looks back on his early life – including his unhappy school days, his relationship with his sister and the death of his mother.

Lawrence documented this part of his life in his third novel Sons and Lovers.

In this production, Paul wanted to showcase the power of theatrical performance with just one actor appearing on a minimal set.

He said: “What I wanted to do was create a purer theatrical experience. It couldn’t be anything other than a theatre show, with people watching an actor get all his tricks out.”

Phoenix Rising has already attracted rave reviews from critics in Australia after he performed it at the Adelaide Festival earlier this year.

Paul, who recently won an award his audio book version of Sons and Lovers, has appeared on numerous TV shows including Peak Practice, As Time Goes By and A Touch of Frost. He has also performed in London’s West End and with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

n Phoenix Rising will be performed at Nottingham Playhouse on 9th September; at Durban House in Eastwood as part of the DH Lawrence Festival on 18th September and at Derby Playhouse on 21st to 24th September.

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