The Elephant Man | Meet Micky

21 Jun 2018

Ahead of the The Elephant Man opening next week, we've been getting to know the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students. Here, Micky Dartford talks us through his experience of working on Bernard Pomerance's award-winning play. 

Where are you from and how did you get into acting?

I was born and raised in Maldon, Essex. The way I got into acting was through my primary school musical Bugsy Malone. I auditioned for the part of Dandy Dan and went method for months. I got up on stage with a fake cigarette and pencil moustache and won the crowd over. It was then I knew.

Who are you playing in The Elephant Man and what challenges have you faced in that role?

I am playing the part of Ross, John Merricks manager. The hardest challenge I feel has been transitioning from a vibrant young showman, to someone who is clearly unwell and willing to take advantage of the people surrounding him.

What research did you do whilst preparing for your role?

When I researched the part of Ross, it was interesting to find out that he is a combination of two real life people, Tom Norman and his European manager who was never identified. This allowed me to appreciate and understand the relationship Ross has with John Merrick from the different interactions he had with these men. 

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?

My favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is firstly living in this fantastic city and secondly the opportunities we get to perform at a variety of different professional venues throughout our graduate shows. 

Are you excited to perform on the Bristol Old Vic stage?

I am very excited to perform on the Bristol Old Vic stage. I was lucky enough to perform on it for the Bristol Old Vic 24 Hour Play festival and can't wait to be on it again. 

The Elephant Man comes to Bristol Old Vic from 26 Jun – 7 Jul. Book your tickets here