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Name: Joe Clegg. Home town: Rochdale. Job: Mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant at cre­ative mu­sic char­ity Brighter Sound in Manch­ester.

Which the­atre com­pany are you in­volved with?: The Rossendale Play­ers.

Are you tak­ing part in any pro­duc­tions at the mo­ment?: I’m cur­rently play­ing both Christo­pher Mor­com and Nikos in our pro­duc­tion of Break­ing The Code at the New Mil­len­nium The­atre, Water­foot.

Who is your char­ac­ter in Break­ing The Code?: Christo­pher Mor­com was Alan Tur­ing’s child­hood friend. Nikos is a Greek boy Tur­ing meets while on hol­i­day later in life.

How long have you been with the Rossendale Play­ers?: Since the mid­dle of March. I’m a new­bie!

What do you like/dis­like about the char­ac­ter you are cur­rently play­ing?: Play­ing a Greek boy who only speaks in Greek has been a fun chal­lenge. I do not speak Greek. Let’s make that clear! But hope­fully you won’t be able to tell.

What do you most en­joy?: The­atre. Hands down. I see enough of it and get in­volved in enough for it to be my most cher­ished thing. The­atre is a never-end­ing, ever-evolv­ing beast of an art form that I’m happy to fol­low for­ever.

Have you been in any other pro­duc­tions?: Over the past year and a half I’ve been working with the young com­pa­nies of Con­tact and the Royal Ex­change in Manch­ester, dur­ing which I’ve been in­volved in a num­ber of pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing a chil­dren’s show and prom­e­nade pieces that cel­e­brated the move­ments of the LGBT com­mu­nity and women’s rights. I also took part in Much Ado About Noth­ing.

Who is your favourite ac­tor and why?: Heath Ledger will al­ways have a spe­cial place in my heart

for what was the most ex­cit­ing per­for­mance of my life­time so far when he played The Joker in Christo­pher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. How­ever my all time favourite has to be David Ten­nant. He has such a unique charisma about him that can trans­late into ev­ery role he plays, even if the roles are com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Emma Stone is also a force to be reck­oned with. If you don’t be­lieve me see La La Land for con­fir­ma­tion.

If you could play any part what would it be and why?: Hunter S Thomp­son AKA Raoul Duke. Why no one has brought Fear and Loathing In Las Ve­gas to the stage yet is be­yond me. That’s my blue sky think­ing am­bi­tion - to be the one to do that. It’s such a unique tale from such a unique point in his­tory.

Are you in­volved in any other projects at the mo­ment?: I’m cur­rently working as a writer with the Royal Ex­change Young Com­pany. The life of a be­gin­ner writer is much less project-heavy, I’ve dis­cov­ered, but Ta­ble For Six will be tak­ing place at the Ex­change in the sum­mer, where a se­ries of mono­logues will be de­liv­ered to au­di­ences in a restau­rant-style for­mat. Come down!

What do you most en­joy about do­ing this?: Ever since see­ing The Rossendale Play­ers’ ‘Kiss Me Like You Mean It’ last year I’ve wanted to work with them. Bril­liant show! And Break­ing The Code is a re­ally spe­cial play about one of the most im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal fig­ures. I want to do Alan Tur­ing jus­tice and from what I’ve seen of our show so far we’re do­ing just that!

Any funny mo­ments from this?: Spoiler alert - Nikos kisses Tur­ing! How­ever what he doesn’t do is awk­wardly at­tempt to kiss him and end up plant­ing one slap bang on his ear! That was all me...

See Joe in Break­ing the Code, a play about fa­mous WW2 codebreaker Alan Tur­ing, at the Play­ers’ New Mil­len­nium The­atre in Water­foot, from Satur­day, April 7 – Satur­day, April 14, 2018. All per­for­mances start at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tick­ets £9 from Ticket Source (www.tick­et­­play­ers), in per­son from Watts News (next door to the the­atre) or re­served by call­ing 07922 021506.

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