Eaman Craig - stripped down and soulful

Actor Eaman Craig who stars in Stan McGowan's 'Wood of the Trees' at the Millenium Forum tonight and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday May 17 and 18. 1410JB02 Eaman Craig.JPG
Actor Eaman Craig who stars in Stan McGowan's 'Wood of the Trees' at the Millenium Forum tonight and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday May 17 and 18. 1410JB02 Eaman Craig.JPG
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Stan McGowan’s ‘The Wood of the Crows’ is enjoying its second Derry run at the Millennium Forum this week.

The play, which opened last night and concludes this evening, tells the story of ‘Half-Hanged McNaghten’.

Central to the action is George Knox played by Eaman Craig. Better known locally as rapper, MC Wileman, Mr. Craig said he is really enjoying the acting experience but, thankfully, has no intention of giving up music.

“I have learned different acting techniques and I’m going to approach the role slightly differently this time around. I learned a little bit more about the character. I think the production has benefitted from that development in all of the characters. I want to keep the character progressing. Part of the reason I was drawn to the play was that it is a meaty role. George is a bit of a nark, spoilt, kind of rootless and even though he is snobby and a little soft, he can be tough. It is not a case of all as it seems when it comes to George. Under the surface there is a strong force within him.”

Eaman describes George Knox as: “A no nonsense character. George is all airs and graces but it is a joke to be so affluent, so there is plenty of comedy in there.”

With very few seats left at The Forum, Eaman admits that this is; “The first time I’ve played a place so large but I embrace everything.

“This is a stepping stone which I’ve been working toward for a while. You always want to play larger halls, that desire is what leads to achievement. I always thought bigger halls were more of a buzz.”

So how does acting compare to his usual stage performances as a frontman?

“I would say I probably gave more of my soul in the theatre performance. Everything centres on the body and the voice. It is a more stripped down style of performing. Everything is in the small details. With music you can hide behind a crescendo every few minutes, you know whats coming but performing in the theatre is different everynight.”

‘The Wood of the Crows’ will play at the Millennium Forum tonight Friday May 18 at 8pm. Tickets are £15/£12.50. To book contact the Millennium Forum Box Office on (028) 7126 4455.