Edinburgh Theatre Arts

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Derek Marshall

My first production with ETA was"The Crucible" in 1992  in which my daughter Suzie was already involved.  It was my first serious role albeit a small part.  I had only been doing pantos before with another group.

 I learned a lot of skills in the early days with the dear late Norrie Morton (Director and actor) who, on one occasion while rehearsing Ibsen's Dolls House, got me to make my first entrance at least 12 times before I could say a word. This early attention to detail proved invaluable over the coming years.

 My favourite productions were The Crucible (winner of the British All Winners), One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Macbeth, The Dolls House, Juno & the Peacock, Men Should Weep, Of Mice & Men, Blue Remembered Hills & most favourite was Waiting for Godot.

 My favourite parts have been  Joxer (Juno & the Peacock), Nils Krogstad (A Dolls House), John Morrison ( Men Should Weep), Candy (Of Mice & Men), McMurphy (One Flew over the  Cuckoo's Nest).And way out in front was Estragon (Waiting for Godot)

 I have also played parts with no lines and parts with very little dialogue but enjoyed them all and often  achieved recognition for them.I like to think that whatever part I am playing it will be done to best of my ability because there are always new things to learn.