This summer marks some milestones for Paul. This, his second opportunity to play in Point Pleasant Park, is a return to the place where his acting career started. The stage of the Dunn Theatre and the Dal Theatre Department’s production of The Seagull , directed by Allan Andrews, brought him out onto a stage for the first time as an actor, and it was there he heard an inner voice say “I’m home.”
Over five decades, theatres across the country have given him an artistic home and he has relished working on brilliant Canadian plays like No Great Mischief - adapted from Alistair MacLeod’s novel by David Young - Djanet Sears’ marvellous Adventures of A Black Girl in Search of God - and Paul got to play Ham the scientist son in the stage adaptation of Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted On The Voyage.
Paul has enjoyed opportunities to play in classic international works including, Beckett, Ionesco, and Dario Fo’s mirthful anarchic play which was dubbed “The Accidental Death of an Antichrist” by some sunny witless newspaper.
He has played his share of Shakespeare as well - most recently as part of the National Arts Centre English Theatre Ensemble of 2015-2016 in Twelfth Night - the concept and design, were by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop. He played Sir Toby Belch. The summer before, he played Malvolio for Montreal’s Repercussion Theatre in their production of Twelfth Night.
Two summers back, here at SBTS, he played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. That summer, dagger in hand, he stood every night, poised over his son Simon, ready and anxious to claim a pound of flesh from his tormentor. Well this summer Paul is blessed to have the chance to share the stage with both his children. Simon and Catherine are playing wonderful Shakespearian roles and Papa gets to play along.