Who’s Upstairs: Richard Wright-Firth

IMG_3575Richard Wright-Firth is performing in Vacancy at Alexander Upstairs from 30-31 June at 9PM and 6-11 June at 7PM.

Home town?
Harlow, Essex – I’m sorry.

Tell us a little more about your show?
It’s a sweet, quiet, romantic show that explores loneliness, loss and finding something or someone that makes you happy.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I’ll be Baldrick in a dress in Robin Hood and then directing Court. at the Alexander Bar.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I’d love to be a Bond baddie sidekick like Nik-Nak or Odd Job. I’d be called Flip-Flop. I’m also looking forward to creating our next Canned Rice show.

How did you get into theatre?
I played an ugly sister at school. We were both called Richard. He was big Richard and I was Little Richard (not that one) and we were just two dicks on stage. It was fun and everyone laughed and I thought, I’ll do this some more. Basically, in a nut shell.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
I would invite Cedric the blacksmith. He’s from a small village in Northumberland in 821. And he does a mean lamb stew. And also Ptolemy – not the Pharoah – just a hyroglyphic carver – stonemason. Did a pyramid. We’ll have some beer, play some darts. It will be fun. Cedric will do the stew.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
On the coffee table, with a cup of tea or a beer, playing X-Box or watching footie.

What excites you about theatre?
When it goes right.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
When on set filming a TV show, under no circumstances, because of a previous success should you brag or be cocky about that success to an extra, stand-in or bit part player because it will have an immediate karmic effect and you will fuck up your next scene.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Wayne Joshua of Africa Audio Post and his team there. They’re brilliant and they’ll be unaffordable soon because they’re that good. So use them now.