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Thursday, November 15, 2012

20 Questions with Christopher Gaze

Christopher Gaze, O.B.C.
You probably know him best at the Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach... but you've very likely heard his voice in cartoon and commercials, seen him at the VSO's Tea & Trumpets serices, and maybe even watched him in a TED Talk.

And now you can see him onstage in our Pirates of Penzance, as he directs AND plays Major-General Stanley! Here are 20 Questions with Christopher Gaze.

Guilty musical pleasure? 
The indie group “Stars”.

Best place to practice a monologue? 
In the car.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Watching the world rugby 7-a-side tournament in Hong Kong.
Who are your favourite heroes/heroines of fiction?
Richard Hannay (the fictional character- a secret agent and army officer - created by Scottish novelist John Buchan) and George (Georgina to her parents) from Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five - she was the first heroine I encountered as a boy.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
A sweet tooth.

Who are your favourite characters in history?
Shakespeare, Elizabeth I and Churchill.
Who are your favourite heroes/heroines in real life?
Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Who is your favourite author? 
Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence.

Your favourite musician? 
My good chum Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Your favourite composer?
Today - Arthur Sullivan!

What quality do you most admire in a person?

Your favourite virtue?

Your favourite occupation?
Hugging my wife, Jennifer.

What did you want to be as a child?
A first class cricketer.

Your most marked characteristic? 
My positive nature.

What do you most value in your friends? 
Their honesty and loyalty.

For what would you like to be remembered?  
As a kind man.

What natural gift would you most like to possess? 
Fantastic co-ordination!

What is your motto? 
It’s all good.

What role would you like to play? (that you have not already) 
Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore.

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