In Conversation With... Matt Addis | Remarkable Invisible | Interview

Matt Addis is currently starring in Remarkable Invisible, he sat down with me to chat all about the show, theatre he's recently loved and more...

For anyone that doesn’t know, can you explain a little about your career and what your highlight have been so far 
I’ve been acting professionally for ten years, after escaping a blossoming career in corporate sales. Playing Nicholls in the international tour of War Horse was a delight, especially the shows for township kids in South Africa, where the puppets originated.  

Have you always aspired to be a performer or did you have a different dream when you were younger? 
I always aspired to be James Bond, but after reading John le Carré I decided acting was maybe a less tedious career.  

Have you got any hidden passions you’d like to pursue? 
Rally driving, although I’ll need a few more well-paid jobs to really make that happen.  

What can people expect when they come and see Remarkable Invisible? 
A deftly-woven, delicate portrait of a family. Beautiful naturalistic dialogue and some hard home truths.  

What drew you to the role of Christopher in Remarkable Invisible- are the two of you alike in any ways? 
It’s a beautiful play, deftly painted onto a very small canvas. I was enchanted by the quality of the writing, which feels so beautifully fresh. Christopher is an emotionally stunted millionaire architect who lives in San Francisco and likes good bourbon. I like good bourbon.  

Can you sum up the play in five words? 
Family. Moving. Home. Lies. Truth.  

Is there a play or musical you’ve seen recently that you loved? 
Iphigenia in Splott, with Sophie Melville at the NT has to be the finest piece of theatre I’ve seen in years. Excoriating, visceral and evocative. Sophie’s worked here at Keswick before, and I hope she’s back very soon.  

What’s a fun fact people might not know about you? 
I once played Dame Edna Everage in an episode of Hollyoaks.
What’s your best piece of advice for an aspiring performer? 

Listen to all the advice you can find, and disregard everything that gets in your way. Believe in yourself with a passion stronger than any obstacle. Find joy in the present, wherever that is!

A huge thank you to Matt for taking the time to chat to me. Make sure you catch him in Remarkable Invisible as well as any future projects!

Interview by Olivia Mitchell, Editor

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