Former Perrier winner refuses to be pigeonholed
This article is from 2007.
As befits someone who plays, by his own admission, ‘mad adults wrestling with technology and the modern world’, Will Adamsdale has asked me to read the press release for his new show back to him. ‘What sort of information do they give? I did try and write a press release once . . . oh right . . . that’s quite good that first bit.’ This is classic Adamsdale: charming, self-effacing and slightly bumbling. His sentences start, stop and change direction, bearing no resemblance to the clarity of his performances on stage such as his leftfield motivational speaker, Chris John Jackson, in his 2004 Perrier-winning show Jackson’s Way.
Since then the 32-year-old actor has enjoyed being ‘a tourist in the comedy world’ while still keeping one foot planted in theatre. Last year he scored another hit with The Receipt, which told of a simple but obsessive task amidst a confused world and one that he is talking about turning into a film. This year’s show, The Human Computer, is Adamsdale’s attempt to rationalise his basic knowledge of them and ‘tap into memories, thoughts and parts of me but in a slightly oblique way.’
Transforming the stage space into a computer, the show sees Adamsdale turn into ‘a little man running around the screen’ and as with Jackson’s Way, this has elements of comedy and theatre to it but is ultimately hailed as a return to the genre which brought him the initial acclaim. Well, that’s what it says on the press release at least. ‘I enjoy the freedom of the comedy world and still do. I don’t think there are clear divisions between comedy and theatre, just perceived differences.’ It seems that Adamsdale won’t be put into a box, except perhaps for the ones he creates for himself on stage.
Traverse 3: The University of Edinburgh Drill Hall, 228 1404, 2–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), various times, £16 (£5–£11).