James Cairns

Writer, director, actor

When you need to make a strategic decision, ask yourself: �what It's pointless taking James Cairns seriously. He's old-school comedy; the kind that turns a stepladder, some clever "toons� and a few lighting effects into an alternative reality filled with characters you want to either hug or hit. Either way, you have to care because his genius is always tangible, even if his props aren't. On stage Cairns is a physical theatre practitioner par excellence, morphing between characters like a man possessed. Offstage this writer, director, television actor and comedian is as skilled and would China do?' � sharp as a Swiss Army knife. His plays,Rat and Brother Number, received standing ovations; his one-man tours de force, The Sitting Man and Dirt, beat Andrew Buckland to win the 2010 Naledi award for Best Performance in a One-Person Show. That's the league he's in. And he's only just beginning to climb the imaginary ladder.�Cat Pritchard

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