An Actor's Life: Joshua Higgott

An Actor's Life: Joshua Higgott

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Regeneration's Joshua Higgott on playing Campbell, being on tour and looking his worst on Scottish television.

You play Campbell in Regeneration, who seems to have a thing against Sassoon at the start. Your character adds some lovely comic touches to the play. What have been the highlights for you?
It was great to perform the show in Edinburgh, about 10 minutes down the road from where it is set. We visited Craiglockhart on our first day there, which was very interesting. I had been up since 4.30am because I had booked a cheap flight, and they decided to interview me for Scottish TV. I've looked better on screen. If I had to choose the time I looked worst on screen, it would be between the Scottish TV interview and the time I got stabbed in the face for a film.

You’ve also toured in Birdsong - what character did you play and how different was that to Regeneration?
I played an Irish Private called Brennan in Birdsong. I'm now a Major, so I've been promoted. The costume is much comfier.

What is the funniest thing that has happened on tour so far?
My digs in Nottingham. Comedy = Tragedy + Time.

When did you decide to become an actor and why?
Probably when I was about 15. I got involved in plays at school and had a brilliant drama teacher. I also happened to be in a year with a lot of other people who wanted to act as well, so we all spurred each other on. Pretty much all of us are still at it.

As the understudy for Sassoon, how do you keep yourself mentally prepared for the possibility of going on in Tim’s place?
We have rehearsals every week, so that keeps you prepared. By this stage in the tour, we're so familiar with the show that the prospect of going on isn't very daunting - it's the early weeks that you worry you might be called on. I learnt my lines very early, and hearing them every night means they never really go away. 

Apart from Campbell, who is your favourite character in Regeneration and why?
Robin Graves. He's only been in one show, but he was great.

Tell us how you would spend your perfect Sunday.
Three back-to-back performances of Regeneration, with a page-to-stage workshop before each one and a post-show discussion afterwards.

Some people have not seen Regeneration (can you believe it!?). How would you describe the play to them in under ten words?
Paranoid, twitchy soldier meets and dislikes little-known poet.


Regeneration premiered on 2 September 2014 (previews from 29 August) at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it continues until 20 September 2014. It then tours to York, Edinburgh, Bradford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Richmond, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Blackpool where it concludes on 29 November.