Kev & Jeff & Hi-De-Hi

It’s Kevin Stemp- he’s a brand new member and looky here – he’s only gone and landed the big one – Jeffery Fairbrother in our upcoming production of Hi-De-Hi at the Rhodes Arts Complex 19-21 April – click here for tickets

I watched Water Lane performing Shakespeare at the Monastery Gardens last summer and you all seemed to have had such tremendous fun. I’d enjoyed my times with the previous troupes I’ve been connected to but I want new challenges that take me out of my comfort zone…for an actor, getting stale is the cardinal sin.

‘Playing the part of Jeffrey Fairbrother, I’ll be a posh-boy misfit who places himself all at sea and into a world of which he knows so little, by choosing to live and work with the lower classes. I want to immerse myself in “Hi-de-Hi!” in the challenge of firstly being believed to look every inch the innocent abroad and constantly at odds with my surroundings: modest hair brushed back and parted on the side, dressing conservatively in tweed jackets and blue blazers, checked shirts and ties, always managing to look awkward among my team of self-confident “yellow-coats”. I hope we have the costume to help portray the character. I like the challenge also of almost always wearing an expression of consternation and embarrassment. I’m used to scoring laughs directly but now actually I’ll be consistently the anti-hero. This is very important and key to me. In fact I think Simon Cadell as Fairbrother was the only member of the Hi-de-Hi! cast not to have any jokes written into his script. That in itself will be a challenge to deliver as it is the most difficult way to be funny. Simply put, that’s why I think I’m going to get a real kick out of doing it. I like to do difficult things and to learn from them. Most of all I want to enjoy this exerience and the gang in this troupe look well-equipped to deliver! ‘

Kevin is the one on the left looking damn handsome !