EGO Performance | Ego Member Story Of The Month – George Fardon
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Ego Member Story Of The Month – George Fardon

This time I have the privilege of bringing you another interview with this months EGO member of the Month & this years Big Ego Performer of the year George Fardon!

(Rhyme suspect revisited 2018)

Kyle: 

Hi George how are you doing today?

George: 

I’m pretty good thanks, yourself?

Kyle:

Yeah pretty good too! so I think your the longest serving member at EGO, is that right?

George: 

I actually have no idea, think Conor n a couple of others may have been there longer, but I’ve definitely been there a long time

Kyle:

So how long have you been coming to EGO?

George: 

I think it’d have to be… around 9 years now. I was in year 9 or 10 when I started out, can’t remember exactly

probably a bit longer, not sure

Kyle:

That’s a while! how did you find out about EGO?

George: 

I was best friends with Jack, Corinne’s son since… well, for as long as I can remember. I found out about it through him and our other friend Robbie who were both a part of EGO at the time. Saw a few shows with them in, eventually figured I’d give it a try myself. My sister was a member at that point too, so that helped.

Kyle:

yeah, EGO feels like a very diverse family! do you remember your first session, were you nervous?

George: 

yeah, very nervous. I was always kinda an introverted kid so wasn’t so confident around a bunch of new people at first. I remember specifically that we were doing some kind of murder mystery thing in the 3 minute impros for the session, and I got dibs on playing the dead body as often as possible.

Kyle:

Yes! I feel you with that, I still dread improv but I’m getting better I hope. obviously I’ve only known you through EGO and you definitely don’t seem introverted, is that something EGO has helped you with

George: 

oh definitely. Back then I remember I barely had the confidence to talk to people in the group I hadn’t met before, but I guess doing weird creative stuff with a group of people every week is one way of building confidence

Kyle:

yeah it does, have you always been interested in performing?

George: 

I wouldn’t say always. I was in the school play every year in primary school but everyone in the whole class had to do that, no exceptions. I think when I first joined, I just figured might be a bit of fun with my mates sorta thing

Kyle:

That’s really interesting because from my perspective, this kind of thing seems natural to you. do you remember your first EGO show?

George: 

aye, I do. ‘the silence of the cows’. was a really weird one if I’m honest. Was about the cow statues in Milton Keynes being stolen. There were super heroes in it, I think, and some other strange stuff. I don’t remember my character name, other than it was a pun of some kind. I do remember they were one of the two assistants to ‘Mr Milton’ and ‘Mr Keynes’. There wasn’t much to the part really, but it was a good way of getting me confident with being on stage and learning lines and such.

Kyle:

nothing surprises me with EGO anymore but that sounds Bonkers! so in terms of show styles, do you prefer comedy or the more drama based stuff?

George: 

Hard to say really. I think part of me prefers drama, but mainly cause I’ve done a lot more comedy, if you see what I mean. Most of my shows were with the Super EGO and EGO Boost groups, and I think I only really had one serious role between the shows I did in those groups, so it might just be I wanna do some drama stuff cause I haven’t done it as much.

(Green Room 2018)

Kyle:

yeah and it seems you find comedy very comfortable, so I guess drama gives you a challenge. out of all the shows you have done, which one would you say was your favourite?

George: 

surprisingly enough, it’d have to be a tie. firstly is the second show I’ve ever done: Once upon a time in a vest. Was a western, and I was playing your very stereotypical cowboy bandit type. Don’t know what it is, but I really enjoyed doing the whole grim gravelly American voice with the hat n revolver and everything. The other one would have to be the ‘fort night’ show, where I was playing a roman Vexillaries. Over the top angry voice, a dead teddy bear strapped to my helmet, proper suit of armour, shouting at kids, it was a great time.

Kyle:

There’s an element of history in both of those shows, I know your a history buff, does your encyclopaedic knowledge of history help you prepare for your roles in EGO?

George: 

from time to time, yeah. For example in the super EGO show we’re currently working on, we’re doing a lot of work with narration, and being able to quickly draw from narrative ideas from historical epics such as the divine comedy or the Illiad has been a great help there

Kyle:

I’m not even going to pretend to know what the divine Comedy of Illiad is! is there a show that you haven’t really enjoyed being a part of?

George: 

hm, tough one… I can’t remember the name, but there was a super EGO show I was asked to fill in for once that was less than enjoyable. Mainly cause I spent the entire thing lying face down on a bale of hay with a fake weight on my back, and it was possibly the most uncomfortable experience of my life.

Kyle:

Sounds rough! but I guess we have to suffer for our Art don’t we? I’m Really excited about our Next Big show. on a scale of one to ten, how excited are you for our next show?

George: 

oooh.. I’m bad at things like that… lets go for a solid 9 out of ten

Kyle:

do you think it’s going to be our darkest one yet?

George: 

if we pull it off (which I don’t doubt we will) then absolutely!

Kyle:

I can’t wait, how have you found the devising process for this upcoming show?

George: 

very interesting. for a little while I wasn’t too sure about it, cause I felt we were spending a lot more time on the concept than the actual show, but considering where we’ve ended up I think it’s gone really well.

(Verbal Warning 2018)

Kyle:

Yeah, its been a very unique one. So, before opening night what do you get most nervous about?

George: 

either remembering my script or remembering my directions on the night. Well, that and worrying if George or Corrine are gonna insist on giving me makeup or messing with my hair or shaving or something like that.

(A Fish Called Colin 2018)

Kyle:

haha, they love dressing you up all nice and pretty don’t they! in your opinion why should the public consider coming to see an EGO show?

George: 

Cause like it or not, you’ll never see anything like it anywhere else!

Kyle:

Agreed, thanks for doing this with me George, I only have one more question.  What three words would you use to describe EGO?

George: 

Absolute Bloody Madness!

Kyle:

Excellent! thanks Again George!  

Wow! two for two in really fun interviews, I’m really enjoying doing these & I really hope you are too! 

Till Next Time!

Kyle

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