Peter McGrail

  • Actor
    Male / Somerset
  • Ethnicity
    Caucasian
    Age Range
    20 - 30
    Height
    6' 2" (1m 88cm)
    Weight
    18st. 2lb (115kg)
    Hair Colour
    Blonde
    Eye Colour
    Blue
    Build
    Large

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2019Berowne
Theatre
Love's Labour's Lost
Joanne Howarth
Bath Spa University
The Globe Theatre
2017 - 2018The Duke of Bracciano
Theatre
The White DevilUniversity of Salford
Ordsall Hall
2018Stanley Kowalski
Theatre
A Streetcar Named DesireUniversity of Salford
The New Adelphi building Studio
2016Harlan
Film (Student)
Thelma and LouiseMedia Studies Company
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    Post Graduate ActingBath Spa University
    20173 yr. ActingUniversity of Salford

    Additional Information

    I have worked as part of the audience handling and security team as a supervisor, security guard, and steward on several shows at the Dock10 Studios at Media City UK such as The Voice, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Let it Shine, Citizen Khan, Sport Relief, Blue Peter, All Together Now, Counterpoint, the BBC Philharmonic (live and studio recordings), Bublé at the BBC, Harry Styles at the BBC, Jane and Friends, University Challenge, Judge Rinder, Jeremy Kyle, Countdown, and more. I have also worked at Manchester Central for ITV assisting in the same capacity for Ninja Warrior UK. I have also been part of the main team for the four days of the Nocturne Live Concerts at Blenheim Palace for the past three years looking after the main audience seating area and ticket reallocation.

    About me

    I have been studying acting for the past several years in order to improve my skills and ability as an actor. The way that someone can watch a performance and experience something ephemeral that has meaning and can change a persons view on an issue or idea is why I am an actor. Brecht had an idea for an epic theatre that would remove any sense of emotional connection to the characters on stage and stimulate change and thought in an audience. This Verfremdungseffekt (or ‘V’ effect) is an intriguing idea however I want to take that idea and put the emotion back in. Using a naturalistic acting style whilst looing at plays that are being directed in contemporary ways in order to engage with an audience and encourage critical though about performance whist still portraying the emotions and the depth of the characters on stage. I have mainly focused on studying naturalistic techniques as prescribed by practitioners such as Stanislavsky and Lee Strasbourg; firstly because I have had training in using animals as stimulus for physicality which enables me to better physicalise a character, and secondly because naturalism enables me to engage with characters in more depth and discover the humanity of the characters and make them real for me since character are two-dimensional and it is the actors job to make them real people who are not as simple as characters on a page.

    I am interested work that come from a classical background primarily as I have looked at the Greek are through the Medieval and then Elizabethan eras into the more modern greats of the 1920’s in both England and America. I prefer working with a Director as opposed to a devised group although I will always question a director’s choice if I do not understand why the decision has been made or if I think that what we are doing does not work within the context of the play. I have had experience of directors forcing ideas on to a text that fit in with their vision but not within the context of the play, as I also studied English as part of my undergraduate degree and looked at plays from a contextual and theoretical level I always initially approach any text with that in mind in order to understand what themes the play is dealing with and what the play is trying to say to an audience. The plays I enjoy the most are those plays that are able to capture the humanity and despair of characters that reflect not only personal struggles but also presents the audience with a reflection of their own behaviour and of societal issues. Looing at a play such as A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams for example highlights class division and the differences in class as well as issues surrounding rape and patriarchy and also refers subtly to homosexual issues all of which are still issues that we discuss and contemplate in modern day.

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Experienced In
    • Film (Student)
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Theatre (Professional)
    Interested in
    • Comedy
    • Corporate
    • Film (Professional)
    • Improvisation
    • Musical Theatre
    • Presenting
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Teaching Theatre
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Immersive)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    • Web-Series
    Accents (UK)
    • Manchester
    Hair Length
    • Short
    Perform nude?
    • No
    Stage Combat Skills
    • Basic
    Facial Characteristics
    • Beard
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • No
    Character Types
    • Mischievous
    • Professional
    • Tough
    • Villainous
    • Wholesome