As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at actor Jim Findley. Jim will be playing the titular role of Toussaint L’Ouverture who was known as The Black Spartacus.
Jim has recently completed a national tour of Inside Out Of Mind for Meeting Ground Theatre company and Lakeside Arts. The film version of this production will be released in September 2015.
His extensive theatre work includes Gulliver’s Travels for Dragon Breath and Leicester Curve Theatre, and Lakeside. Other work at Lakeside includes Natural Breaks and Rhythms, where he was proud to share the Lakeside stage with a jar of his March 2006 Batch of Pepper Sauce.
He recently appeared in Of Mice and Men at Nottingham Playhouse where his other work includes: Tom’s Midnight Garden, The Silver Sword, Under the Story Tree, and Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, which toured nationally.
He also appeared there in The Cherry Orchard, Feydeau’s A Flea In Her Ear, and a western version of Macbeth; as part of Pip Broughton’s Ensemble Repertory Company,
Other theatre work includes: Rona Munro’s adaptation of Watership Down for the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith; The Ghost Downstairs and Moll Cutpurse for New Perspectives; and A River Sutra for Indosa at Three Mills Island Studios.
He was The original Playboy of the West Indies for Oxford Playhouse/Tricycle Theatre, and also played the part in the BBC’s Play For today version. He appeared in Lee Hall’s critically acclaimed, award winning new version of Brecht’s Mr Puntilla and his Man Matti for The Almeida Theatre.
He co-adapted and performed V.S Naipaul’s novel Miguel Street for Edinburgh’s Theatre Workshop, The Latchmere Theatre and Andrew’s Lane, Dublin. The critically acclaimed One-man show was the first time any of Naipaul’s work had been brought to the stage.
Jim has numerous television credits including Silent Witness, Doctors, Livin’ It, EastEnders, Casualty, Dr Who-Resurrection Of The Daleks, and Johnny Jarvis. His film credits include: Cry Freedom, Socrates and Playing Away.
Jim has done extensive Radio work including Poetry Please, Silver Street, The Year In San Fernando and The Painterboy of Demerara.
He also directed Blue at The Nottingham Arts theatre.
Jim is proud to be part of SITC (Sport In The Community), where he has been an F.A. Football Coach for over 20 years. He is also a student of Yoshinkan Aikido a Japanese martial art developed after the second world war.
To find out more about Jim’s character in Black Spartacus check out the article Who was the Black Spartacus?
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