5 Questions with David McLean

rsz_david_mclean_-_main_-_1_-_2013What is your favourite swear word?
Bawbag. It’s a derogatory Scottish slang term – translated into sophisticated English as the male scrotum (a bag for your balls…get it? Sorry!) – but is commonly used as a casual insult against people who are annoying, e.g. “Did you see the state the boss got in when I rocked up 2 minutes late for that meeting? What a total bawbag!”

What are you wearing?
Well, as a newbie to the world of acting, I can’t give up my day job just yet (…!), so when I’m not busy engineering an accelerated route to Hollywood, you can find me working as a Business Analyst at ABC. Today’s dress code is a pair of chinos, brown shoes and an open collared pink shirt. When I worked in London, a few of the lads in the office and I started up Pink Shirt Thursdays, which has now become somewhat of a global phenomenon. There’s a Facebook group, so get involved!

What is love?
I’m not entirely sure what love is yet, but as a wee message for the girls out there who don’t believe in it and think us guys are only after one thing (sex)… well, you’re so wrong!!! We also want food.

What was the last show you saw, and how many stars do you give it?
Sucking Dublin, a NIDA graduate showcase at The Parade Theatres in Kensington. Set in Dublin in the late ’90s, it centres on the tragic lives of 5 young Irish people tormented by rape, drugs and violence. My dialect coach was working with the students on their Irish accents for the show, and as I was graduating from Screenwise around the same time, I thought it’d be a good opportunity to check out what I’d be up against in the industry 😉 All in all, it was a great evening; the performances from each of the five actors were authentic and truly engaging, and I’m sure all of them will go on to be very successful. I’d give it a solid 4/5 stars.

Is your new show going to be any good?
And What A Damn Fine Morning It Is! the show places me up against my next door neighbour, and lifetime rival, Ted (played by Sam Dugmore, an awesome talent), in an hilariously witty, egotistic battle. This will be the first ever time I’ve performed on stage, so I’m looking forward to rising to the challenge and hopefully putting on a great show for all of you. Stephanie Merriman is directing and has been a joy to work with in rehearsals. Some of the improv exercises we’ve been doing have reduced me to tears of laughter! She has a great way of getting the best out of her actors, so here’s hoping Sam and I can make her proud when it comes to show time.

David McLean @mcleandave makes his Australian debut in And What A Damn Fine Morning It Is!, part of Short+Sweet Theatre (Week 2).
Show dates: 15 – 19 Jan, 2014
Show venue: King St Theatre