Meet the Cast of Mojo Mickybo: John Travers
Mojo Mickbo from Bruiser Theatre Company is coming to Pavilion Theatre on Sat 17 Jun. Starring in this hilarious and heartbreaking production set during the Troubles is Northern Irish actor John Travers. Here's a quick Q&A the Bruiser team did with John ahead of the show!
Tell us about yourself
Hi. I’m John Travers. I grew up in North Belfast and I’ve been an actor for 20 years - since I was 13 in film, then theatre when I was 19. I still love it and I learn something new with every production.
What character will you play on stage ?
I will be playing Mojo in Owen McCafferty’s brilliant play, Mojo Mickybo along with many other characters. Landing this role has been a real dream of mine! The story being told through the eyes of two children during the height of the Troubles in Belfast with almost nothing phasing them, their spirit, or the friendship they develop. No better time to do it than now, as the story is so relatable to this day in Ireland and the world.
Who is your biggest influence (in life / on stage) ?
I have been very lucky to work with very many talented actors and directors from the age of 13, (now 34), that have inspired me so it’s hard to pinpoint… but if we are solely talking theatre, I would have to say Hurricane, a one-man show based on Alex Higgins’ life, performed by Richard Dormer in the Waterfront Hall. His performance blew me away when I was 15 and gave me the fire to do that one day … which I have … Woohoo!!
What’s your best onstage memory ?
Performing for the first time in the OMAC (Old Museum Arts Centre) in Belfast at 19 years old. A 2 man show - I remember not being nervous at all before walking into the bright lights! and pulling out all the stops … although prior to accepting the role and during rehearsals in another case haha.
What’s the last film / play you enjoyed ?
I just watched Renfield a wonderful funny, gory, modern take on Dracula at the Avenue Cinema a lovely new cinema in Belfast, with an old school vibe, which I would highly recommend.
The last play I enjoyed was The Song Of The Bones a beautiful play performed at The Lyric Theatre. It was a mix of a live band, poetry narration and the story projected with shadow puppetry, a real class mix of art.