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Meet the cast: James Rowland

Mon 4 Feb 2019

We meet James Rowland, the creator of hilarious new show A Hundred Different Words for Love.
James Rowland
What or who got you interested theatre? 

When I was five years old I was obsessed with Robin Hood and Knights so my Dad introduced me to the Lawrence Olivier film of Henry V. I was instantly hooked and watched it every day. That makes me sound like a little twerp doesn’t it?

Oh well, it’s the truth. I’m a nerd.

Were any members of your family involved in the theatre?

No, but my dad was a musician so financial, emotional and intellectual instability were instilled in me from a very young age.

Who’s the most inspiring person you’ve worked with?

I’m constantly inspired by and in awe of my incredible friends, and I try to work with them as much as possible. The shows I have made are (I hope) inflected with their greatness.

What formal training have you done?

I went to Drama Centre in London, I made lots of friends and spent an awful lot of time in the pub. it was excellent and I learned a great deal about people and pints… and art of course. Mainly art.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

All the time I suppose, from being naked to making myself laugh, or rather letting the audience make me laugh!

Highlight of your career?

Having my shows Team Viking, A Hundred Different Words for Love and Revelations published.

(The book is called “Songs of Friendship” available in all good bookshops now).

I never thought I’d make a book so the reality of it hasn’t really sunk in.

Big plans for the future?

I think all plans for the future are big plans… and yes, I hope to continue to tour my first three shows nationally and internationally as well as making more things that audiences enjoy with my friends.

Tell us one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were a student…

Worry less, and if you can’t do that at least stop worrying about worrying.

Summarise your show in 3 words.

Funny. Sad. Love.

We can’t wait to see the show this Valentine’s Day!