‘Chance to per­form in show was no-brainer’

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FOR tal­ented North­east singer Colin Brockie the chance to per­form for a home au­di­ence was a no-brainer. Which is why the for­mer El­lon Academy pupil will star in A New Brain at the Lemon Tree next week, tak­ing a break from his stud­ies to take up the cen­tral role of Roger. “The op­por­tu­nity to re­turn home and play one of my favourite roles was too good to miss,” said Colin, 26, who has just com­pleted a mas­ters in solo per­for­mance at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in Manch­ester. “Ac­cept­ing the role of Roger in A New Brain was – if you’ll par­don the pun – a no-brainer,” said the bass bari­tone. “A great score com­bined with clever writ­ing re­sults in a fast-paced evening of en­ter­tain­ment. This life-

Brockie as Roger.

Colin af­firm­ing mu­si­cal has it all.” Colin first started singing and acting at Haddo House – be­ing in­volved with the chil­dren’s theatre, youth theatre and cho­ral and op­er­atic so­ci­ety. He was a mem­ber of the Na­tional Youth Choir of Scot­land for 10 years be­fore tak­ing up his stud­ies full time. He said: “I plan to con­tinue my stud­ies in Manch­ester with a one-year post­grad­u­ate di­ploma.” A New Brain, pre­sented by Aberdeen theatre com­pany Green­room Pro­duc­tions, fol­lows a strug­gling song­writer who finds him­self in hos­pi­tal with a po­ten­tially fa­tal brain tu­mour. And flit­ting be­tween re­al­ity and a co­main­duced fan­tasy world, he con­tem­plates his fu­ture. Colin said Roger has a speedy re­cov­ery, but the story has a se­ri­ous mes­sage about brain in­jury. “Green­room has been in touch with the Brain In­jury Grampian Group (BIG Group) and we re­alise that much sup­port is needed for in­di­vid­u­als and their friends and fam­i­lies fac­ing a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in real life,” he said. A col­lec­tion will take place each night of the show to sup­port both the BIG Group and brain in­jury as­so­ci­a­tion Head­way. A New Brain will be at The Lemon Tree from Au­gust 25 to 27.

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