Mayfest 2010: Q&A with Will Adamsdale

Where are you, and what are you doing?
I am in my flat. It’s 3:06. I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing. This is familiar.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
One in which the 2pm-4pm window is taken up by something engaging in a place where you can’t really leave or be contacted i.e. some work that’s going all right or a film. Preferably the latter, having done some work that’s gone okay recently so you don’t feel too guilty. The mid-afternoon film may be the pinnacle of western civilisation’s achievements.

Describe your work in six words?
comlete joke. sort of trance. luck.

Who or what are your influences?
Who: Richard Brautigan, Bob Dylan, Eric Satie, Tennesee Williams, Wes Anderson, Pat Nevin (Chelsea and Scotland’s mid-Eighties wizard on the wing and now pundit) … all the big guns.
What: bluegrass music; I’m a big fan of the paintings of Giacometti for some reason; the bits of the books that I read at university (mainly the titles – Frank Kermode’s The Sense of an Ending, for example. What a Title. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about); the smell of moped exhaust…

Where do you hope to be in 12 months?
I hope to be on tour in the States with my show Jackson’s Way

What was the best bit of advice somebody’s given you?
People don’t give me a lot of advice. i could do with some sometimes. A relative told me to put my shirt on before my trousers once. Which I valued.

What are the three most played songs on your iPod?
I actually am kind of a technophobe (see The Human Computer for details) so I only got an iPod by dint of a piece of good fortune. Having been cast in Richard Curtis’ latest film The Boat That Rocked I arrived at a 3-day rehearsal and was GIVEN an iPod with lots of the songs that featured in the film. These were exclusively songs from the 60s and, not posessing the expertise to add new songs, I have spent the last 2 years with only these songs on my iPod. I like this era but it can wear a little. I only listen to the song Alone Again. It’s a belter. And the other ones I listen to are Dylan’s One Too Many Mornings which is fragile and lovely and Howlin’ Wolf’s Evil Blues. Oh God, you’ve gotta hear that! His voice! Advice to Howlin’ Wolf’s girlfriends – think about it before cheating on him. He has some quite lively views on the subject.

What are your three desert island books?
So The Wind Won’t Blow It All Away by Richard Brautigan. Rememerance of Things Past by Marcel Proust (the first 20 pages are great and I’m assuming it continues well). Maybe something by Geoff Dyer – either But Beautiful or Out of Sheer Rage.

What do you always take with you?
A slight sense of dread. A bag with none of the right things in it. A phone that’s almost out of battery.

The Human Computer is on 19th & 20th May at Bristol Old Vic Studio at 8pm. Tickets are £10/£7 and can be booked by calling 0117 987 7877 or online via

Interview courtesy of The Cut Magazine.