Blog Tour: The Soldier’s Home by George Costigan

Good morning one and all! It’s been a while since I posted on here, so what better way to come back to it than hosting a blog tour for an actor I admire, who has now turned his hand to writing?

You might be familiar with George Costigan from his many film and TV roles and, in light of this, I was eager to ask George about his experiences moving between acting and writing. I wondered whether his experiences as an actor inspire or inform his writing and vice versa? Although they are both creative outlets, does he feel that one lets him satisfy his creative spirit better? George was kind enough to send the following answer:

Right now I am playing James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neil’s ‘Long day’s Journey Into Night’. Anyone who couldn’t be inspired {and/or awed and thrilled and scared and amazed} by it must be a bit – err – dead. O’Neil is the only American playwright to have won the Nobel prize, and it’s not easy to capture in words the quality of and in his words. The soaring rhythms, the total precision, the scary emotional accuracy – and every night in the bar afterwards one is faced with people ‘blown away’.

This is thrilling and daunting, too when you next come to set pen to paper. But, hell, if you don’t aspire, and allow yourself to be inspired, then you rest on the ground always – and who doesn’t want to soar..? If only for a yard.

When this finishes I go on to a Sally Wainwright eight hour television which in its own way is just as good. Both these writers are in utter and total and thrilling control of their medium.

When that’s over I intend to go home and sit and write. Time will tell what rubs off and in which direction – but I am optimistic.
Of course all experiences get stored away somewhere for later use, either as an actor or as a scribbler. Laurence Olivier once said, ‘Actors are jackdaws, they steal things, store them away and bring them out sometimes years later, cos they knew they’d use it some day…’ That’s true, I would bet, for writers, too… Isn’t that the one of the uses and the point of memory?

To me, the action and the creativity are separates but both utterly satisfying. Acting is obviously more immediate. Tonight, for example, we’ll go out and do our best and reap {hopefully having earned it} the most obvious instant reward – applause. And, if you wanted to get grander about it – the seeding of a memory.

That doesn’t happen for a scribbler in that way – but the very idea someone somewhere you don’t know from Adam is reading – and maybe enjoying – something you wrote is almost indescribable…

I’m hugely thankful to George for taking the time to answer in such depth. Having read The Single Soldier, the first book in this series, I can’t wait to get stuck into The Soldier’s Home – more on both of those titles in review!

This post is part of a blog tour to celebrate the release of The Soldier’s Home and it continues on the other fantastic blogs below – do check them out if you can…

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