Owen Guerin: 5 tips for touring
Owen Guerin graduated from Hertfordshire Theatre School in 2009. Since then, working as various physical characters for Tall Stories including The Gruffalo, and understudy for Francis Henshall in the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors, he has been touring nationally and internationally for six years. Here are his five touring tips:
1. Book everything in advance
There is nothing worse than paying over the odds for a train ticket you could have bought months back for a fraction of the price. And if you’re in a big company, early booking saves all the close-to-theatre-accommodation being snapped up and you having to stay miles away.
2. Don’t overspend
It’s nice to eat out but it can get very expensive if you do it all the time over a long tour. Save your pennies and go to a supermarket. Keep eating out as a treat.
3. Have adventures
I love submerging myself in cities and countries. Go and see the history and the nightlife. Everywhere has something interesting to offer. Explore the opportunities which come with regularly being in different places.
4. Pack intelligently
Pack only what you’ll need and really will wear or use. The pain of dragging a four-ton bag around the country, on and off trains, is horrible.
5. Always be professional
On stage and off, it’s good to let your hair down… just don’t jeopardise the show by getting arrested. You’re working, remember.
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