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Delma Tomlin Personal Folder : Interview 2001 with actor John M Hall

Item type: Delma Tomlin Personal Folder
Archive reference: YMP/O/4/6
Date/year: 25 April 2001
Description: Transcript of interview by Mike Tyler with John M. Hall on 25 April 2001. Now Stored as YMP/C/4/2 He used the middle initial as there was another performer and singer with the same name.
He saw the plays and was in the Stockton on Forest players, but sought to stretch his skills. In 1988 he played Pontius Pilate, for which he had to learn to ride as his entrance was on a white horse! He auditioned for Lucifer or God in 1992, but played Herod, in which role he had to thump Robson Green very hard. He acted Herod again in 1996, but differently, with the highlight perhaps playing God in 2000 in the Minster. Anecdotes about producers and actors. Explains how working in Theatre Royal is easier, less 'declaiming' to do. Discusses different ways of playing Herod, and the impact of the Minster itself in 2000; also played in 1998 on wagons, as God in the Last Judgement. 19 pages. There are notes from a 2011 interview also in the archive.
The picture below is from a Times cutting 31 January 1992.
John Hall 1992
Here is a PDF with a transcription of John Hall's interview.
Interview John Hall.pdf

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