I was privileged to work with Robert Addie on various plays in the 1990's.


In 1995 he played Bishop Hooper in Shades in Time - Martyrs (Gloucester Festival).

Robert Addie as Hooper and Adrian Ross-Jones as Bishop Bonner (The Archway at Gloucester Cathedral)


Robert relaxing at rehearsals. He made out he was dancing to music but he was actually listening to the cricket.

This was a promenade performance that took place around Gloucester Cathedral. As part of the same festival he also played a mouse in Shades in Time - The Docks an experience that he said, between gritted teeth, that he would kill me for.

Robert Addie as a mouse and Adrian Ross-Jones as another mouse (at Gloucester Docks).
 

In late 1995 Robert and I worked on Acts of Revenge and The Tell-Tale Heart. Acts of Revenge was made up of three monologues two written by me and one written by Robert. His, which explores the mind of an Islamic Suicide Bomber is frighteningly relevant today. We performed these for three nights in Cheltenham to strong reviews.


Photo for The Tell-Tale Heart and poster based on it by David Cross.

Edmund, Son of Gloucester (1996) was an ambitious piece of work. Basically a prequel to King Lear, it charted the life of the titular character exploring what made him such a bastard in Shakespeare's play. The main reason for Edmund's (played by Adrian Ross-Jones) dysfunction was his father Gloucester (played by Robert).


Robert as Gloucester and Jonathan Shelley as Edgar

This was a storming and nasty performance that was in complete contrast to his other role The Soldier, a foolish cad who verbally sparred with Spit (played by Aidan Herd). We toured this show for two months around the country.


Aidan Herd as Spit and Robert Addie as Soldier

A month later we performed Into the Mist in which Robert played both a a barbarian invader and St. Columba. This use of multi-roleplaying was deliberate as it forced the audience to compare the motives and methods of these two characters.

Aidan Herd (Conall) and Robert (Fergus) in a shot that wasn't used in the papers!

Although our working relationship was short, we maintained a good friendship over the following years in which he supported and advised on my career as both a writer and a teacher. He was funny, warm and self-deprecating. He was an excellent practitioner and an inspiration.

Robert died of lung cancer on the 20th November 2003.

If you would like to donate money to Cancer Research in his memory then please click on the link below.