There are some faces that appear on stage that our unforgettable and Steve Jacobs, who is appearing in Miracle Theatre’s production of Waiting for Godot in August and September, has one of those faces. Rugged, handsome and aged to perfection, Steve is appearing in his seventh Miracle stage production. The list of previous Miracle Theatre productions featuring Steve is impressive: Twelfth Night, Quazimodo, The Great Silence, Romeo and Juliet, Sherlock Holmes and Tin.
Steve, who has lived in Cornwall since he was in his early teens, took time out from rehearsals to speak to myCornwall editor Mark Pugh about his acting career and how he came to be a regular with one of Cornwall’s most popular theatre companies: “I was ten when I took to the stage for the first time, I lived in Tottenham at this time. But it was when I moved down to Cornwall that it really took hold. I started performing with the local youth group at the Acorn Theatre in Penzance.”
Playing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the West Cornwall Theatre Group at the Minack Theatre was one of those early Cornwall performances. “I loved it. It was a dream to play Puck and the Minack was a wonderful venue.” Steve is retuning to the stage with Waiting for Godot: “I’m looking forward to it. It’s one of those iconic theatre spaces”.
Like many actors of Steve’s calibre television work has been a part of his portfolio of performances including parts in Doc Martin, The Bill, Wycliffe and the film of Miracle’s production Tin. With more than 35 years of professional acting experience behind him Steve was the obvious choice for the part of Estragon according to Miracle Director Bill Scott: “Steve is a wonderful actor with great instinct: he understands how to breathe life into a text, he understands how to connect with an audience and he understands how, on stage, ‘less’ is usually ‘more’.”
Steve has appeared in plays for most of Cornwall’s well known theatre companies including Kneehigh, Wildworks and Cube. He has played a variety of different parts including Sherlock Holmes in the play of the same name, Parsimonia and Obadaiah in Tin, and Malvolio in a Miracle’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
A director in his own right, he directed Pinocchio for Cornwall’s Cube Theatre, Steve has nothing but praise for for Miracle director Bill Scott and all those he works with. “I’ve loved working with Bill and the rest of the Miracle cast and crew. They work hard, rehearse hard and put on memorable performances. It’s a big family and I love it and the audiences seem to like us too.”
How did the rehearsals going for Waiting for Godot? “It all went really well. Hard work as rehearsals always are. The more we got to know the play the more the relationships between the characters develop. They are touching and funny. I think the audiences will get involved with the characters and love the play as much as we do.
For more information about Miracle go to www.miracletheatre.co.uk
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