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We asked Powder Keg writer and performer, Ross, his thoughts on embarking on a professional tour, having begun his acting career as a member of Contact Young Company. 

This summer, Powder Keg began their tour of Morale is High (since we gave up hope) with a trip to the Edinburgh festival.

Before they packed their bags, we asked Ross about his thoughts on embarking on a professional tour, having begun his acting career as a member of Contact Young Company.

Don’t miss Powder Keg as they complete their tour here on 6-8 Dec.

This year I’m off to the Edinburgh fringe with my mates in Powder Keg. We’re doing our show Morale is High (since we gave up hope) at Northern Stage @ Summerhall and it’s the first time we’re going up as a company. Then we’re doing a tour where we’ll finish at Contact in December.

I’m terrified.

When I first came to Contact I was on the dole, I wanted to be a traditional actor and I was really up myself. At the same time I had zero confidence. Now I am not on the dole, don’t want to be a traditional actor and I’m aware that I’m probably a bit up myself still but not nearly as much as I used to be. I’ve got a fair bit more confidence too.

A lot of that is down to CYC.

I’m really excited to go up to Edinburgh. It’s a huge step for us; me, Emma, Josh and Jake. We’ve put everything into keeping the show up to date and alive whilst the whole world is crumbling around us. We want you to enjoy yourselves and make you think. We’re all livid but we want to put that anger into something that might be even just a little bit constructive.

This bizarre building full of creatives gave me the confidence to write a show with my friends, learn a dance routine with no coordination and sit in front of a room full of strangers and apply lipstick with my feet.

This building changed my life.

Contact will close for refurbishment 2 weeks after Morale is High opens in Space 2. It will be the last leg of our tour, and the first time I’ll be performing in Contact not as a participant. There’s something in that.