Hello Drunken friends!!
Welcome back to ‘A pint with..’ – a chance for you to find out a little bit more about the artists performing at DRUNKEN NIGHTS IV.
This season we are bringing back some of our past DRUNKEN NIGHTS artists to perform for you! We have recently spoken to Rob Gregson, Lydia Cottrell and today we have the pleasure of chatting with Nathan Birkinshaw – one of our DRUNKEN NIGHTS II artists – who will be performing in London next week!
Nathan! Great to see you again! Welcome to DRUNKEN NIGHTS IV!
Tell us about the work that you create.
I try to create pieces that resonate with this crazy time we’re living in. The confusion and heart ache of the every day filtered through booze, long nights and the uncertainty of being alive. I think – is that an incredibly wanky thing to say?
What have you been doing since we last saw you at DRUNKEN NIGHTS?
It’s been a roller coaster two years. Since my stint at DRUNKEN NIGHTS II, I’ve made and toured a show called I Wish You Were Here, started work on my first big project about Death & the internet with the help of Manchester based hAb and Contact theatre. Most recently I’ve been working with Altzhimers and memory loss inspired by my Grandmother. In between all that, getting drunk and tending bar to pay the rent.
What inspires you?
80’s power ballads. Gin & Tonics. Nudy magazines and sun sets. But in all seriousness, the work people are creating at the minute; artists are making and sharing some amazing work at the minute in the worst circumstances. And it’s fantastic. My peers who are juggling three jobs while touring a show and living on super noodles. That inspires me. Everyone’s sheer determination to make beautiful, thoughtful, truthful art in wave of all the madness. And bees.
What made you want to be an artist?
My mum asked me when I was 4 “what do you want to be when you grow up” – I looked at the TV and pointed at Andi Peters. So since then I’ve never looked back. Striving to be on’t telly. However that sort of changes and develops with age and now I prefer getting naked and pouring cider all over myself to Phil Collins than pretending to be Bob the shop keeper.
Favourite drinking game?
FLIP SIP OR STRIP.
Heads you drink a shot, tails you take off some clothes… I play it by myself a lot. For practice.
Tell us about your DRUNKEN NIGHTS piece
That Night Recurring is an ode to people, love and making the same mistake over and over again. There is Vodka too.
What was your DRUNKEN NIGHTS development experience like?
Great, I worked with Chris & Sheena loads, ate loads of good food. RichMix was a lovely venue and It was the first bit of commission money I received that was a substantial amount. That meant I could purchase my time back for myself and spend a whole month working on it and living in London to do so. I had the chance to work with Karen Christopher and she was amazing. But ultimately it gave me the ability to perform in front of loads of people, share my work and get some great feedback. Afterwards I remember having this amazing buzz for making things after not making things for so long that I carried on making things and here I am.
We’re going to the bar, what kind of crisps do you want?
ROAST BEEF MONSTER MUNCH.
Do you have any words of advice for DRUNKEN NIGHTS IV artists?
Whenever I feel uninspired by a process I take these steps:
Go for a walk
Listen to John Farnham – You’re the Voice
Jump on a train.
Look at everyone on this train
Who are they?
What do they do?
Are they inspired?
Get off at the next stop
Grab a coffee.
Listen to – Phil Collins – Against all odds
Focus on one person and pretend that they are who the internal monologue Phil is tell you about.
Get really fucking emotional about this person.
Order Chinese food.
And I bet you you’ll do more work in the time it takes the Chinese delivery driver to get to you than you have done all week.
Also it’s O.K to have a bad day. I have them all the time. It’s just make sure you use that frustration that you’ve had a bad day creatively after the Netflix binge that is.
BuzzFeed articles are O.K to be inspired too
One last thing: Have fun.
Thanks so much Nathan! Looking forward to seeing you next week!
Nathan Birkinshaw will be performing on 26th Nov at The George Tavern, London.
For more information follow Nathan on Twitter.
Love DC x