Neil French first took to the stage at the age of six, as Chief Munchkin in a school production of The Wizard of Oz. The pointy blue hat is long gone, but he’s never really lost his enthusiasm for dressing up in silly costumes and pretending to be something he’s not.
He made his first foray into the G&S world at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh in 2000, as Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, a role that barely hinted at the heady mix of debauchery and violence which has characterised his stage career since. Over the last nineteen years, in a variety of principal roles with the Edinburgh G&S Society, Opera Camerata and others, he has, when not engaged in acts of drunkenness and/or lechery, been variously imprisoned, shipwrecked, attacked with swords, threatened with assorted grisly methods of execution, run through with a lance while jousting, and even dispatched to Hell. In his first outing in Dunfermline, as the well-meaning-but-dim Alexis Pointdextre, he’s looking forward to drinking tea and not being attacked with anything sharp!
[from the 2019 programme]
Appearances with Dunfermline Gilbert & Sullivan Society
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