Originally Posted by Fries-With-That
Just a comment on previous posts.
Fair City isn't the best drama programme on tv by a long shot but it does have a few things worth mentioning.
Its home produced.
It gives actors a chance be they good bad or indifferent.
It provides employment and experience for many people that might have to travel elsewhere for it. (set decorators costume make up etc etc)
It gives script writers editors producers directors etc etc a chance to hone their skills before moving on to something else.
And to the "actors" that claim they wouldn't be interested in a part on the show I think thats a cop out, If you're so good or you're better than the existing cast (that operate on a low budget) why not try and get on the show and dazzle everyone with your skills.
I'll bet if any actor was offered a part they'd take it with both hands because of the exposure it would give them.
And finally a question does anyone know any actors that have actually turned down a part on this programme.
I actually laughed out loud at this post!
Costume and make-up work on this show is very minimal, the regular actors have a monthy budget; out of witch they buy clothes for themselves. As for make up, unless there is a particular scene requiring special make up it temds to be done very low scale. Most do it themselves, and this can be seen on screen.
The fact that it is home produced means nothing! There are many more more tallented figures in Ireland who wouldn't shame their CV with Fair City, and thoes who might be interested are snubbed becauce of the cliqueness of the production team. If Irish people are capable of winning Oscars, surely we are capable of producing something worth while. And anyone who has the mentalitly that 'oh it was produced in Ireland, its ok that its rubbish' should be ashamed of them selves. Irish people should have a higher standard for our selves!
The script writes, directors, editors etc of this show deserve to be shot. The whole production is a shambles and is an embarassment to the Irish arts scene.
I agree wholeheartedly with the actors who said they would never discrace themselves with a Fair City appearence. No matter how good an actor you are (I also agree that it takes a more tallented actor to preform on stage) if you are surrounded by the filth that Fair City attracts you are bound to look no better than them. A production is only a strong as its weakest link, and in the case of Fair City picking the weakest is a harder job than picking the best. Needless to say that is not a good situation to me in.
You're right, it would give a new actor exposure, but there is nothing worse, as far as I'm concerned, than seeing 'as seen in Fair City' printed beside a name in a cast list.
Any self respecting person in the Theatre/ Acting world would sooner accept a part in the Liberty Hall Christmas Pano. than accpt a part on Fair City.