‘Chance to perform in show was no-brainer’
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.