In the Spotlight … Martyn Wyburn
Chairman of Kibworth Theatre Company
Q. What was your first acting experience?
A school play, where else? I played a clown in a Christmas production aged 10. People might say I’ve been playing the clown ever since.
Q. What is it that you like about acting?
I like being someone else, for a couple of hours; you can be someone entirely different, cowardly, heroic, villainous. (Of course I am none of these in real life!)
Q. What was the worst part you’ve played?
A Russian theatre director who was having an affair with one of his young actresses. I had a dodgy wig and an even dodgier accent.
Q. Do you prefer acting or directing and why?
I used to say directing because it is easier to tell other people what to do rather than do it yourself. However, I have had some great parts; I loved playing the pantomime dame again recently and one of my highlights was playing Rene in ‘Allo Allo’.
Q. How do you get actors to do as you say?
I throw a hissy fit! Actually I try not to although I have got a bit grumpy on occasion. I will try and show them what I want and I do try and be as collaborative as possible. When I’m directing I usually have a clear idea in my head of what I want; the difficult bit is getting that message over to the actors.
Q. Who or what is the love of your life?
Wife, family and dog. It is a standing joke in our house though that I do have a bit of a thing for Kristin Scott-Thomas but I don’t think she’d be too interested in a part in a KTC play.
Q. What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I was at college I was in a play called ‘Marat/Sade’ set in a psychiatric hospital. My character had to show extreme sexual frustration, I will leave it to others’ imagination as to how I did that.
Q. What is the best play you’ve directed for KTC?
Difficult to choose. I was very pleased with our first play ‘Breeze-Block Park’ and also ‘The Wind in the Willows’ which I also adapted for the stage but ‘The Actress’ by Peter Quilter was one that I think I just about got right, thanks to a fabulous cast.
Q. What should someone who is interested in acting but has never tried it do?
Do it! Simple as that, you’ll never know if you’ll enjoy it until you give it a go.
Q. Will you welcome new members to Kibworth Theatre Company and if so, what will they do?
Most certainly. There is always room for new people at KTC either on stage, directing or behind the scenes. We also try and do social events throughout the year, meals out or theatre trips.
(In addition to his acting and Directing, Martyn is also a stalwart member of St Wilfrid’s Church, a volunteer at Kibworth Community Library, and a Trustee of Kibworth Grammar School Hall. In his ‘spare time’ he enjoys walking with his adorable puppy Gracie.)