When Simon Burgess was cast in the title role for the forthcoming Arcadians production of Sweeney Todd, he knew that he would have to go back to school.
Simon explained â€œSweeney is a Victorian barber, and uses equipment from the period. I have used an electric shaver all of my life, and had no idea how to even hold a traditional cut-throat razor, let alone shave with one!â€
Fortunately help was at hand, in the form of Rob Grosvenor, director of Headmasters in Cotteridge, Birmingham. Rob said â€œAlthough our focus is hairdressing, I have been in this business a long time and know how to use the traditional tools of the trade. I am also a great believer in supporting the local arts and local businesses in South Birmingham, so I was very happy to help Simon out.â€
Simon is a long-standing member of The Arcadians, and is looking forward to bringing that extra touch of detail to the role after his training session at Headmasters â€“ though he wonâ€™t go so far as to use a real razor on stage. â€œAlthough we want it to feel as authentic as possible,â€ he said, â€œI think that might be going a bit too far!â€
Sweeney Toddâ€™s Barber Shop will be open for business at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham from 3 â€“ 7 May. If you would like more information about the show or you would like to book tickets you can contactÂ the Crescent box office on 0121 643 5858 or online at www.crescent-theatre.co.uk. You can find The Arcadians online at www.arcadians.net, and The ArcadiansMTC on Facebook and Twitter. You can find Headmasters at www.headmastershairteam.co.uk/ where you can book an appointment online or by telephoning on 0121 459 9053
For more information contact show director James Garrington on 07715 686116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org