Young actor returns home to South Shields to star in one-man play

Published: 7th November 2017

A talented young actor played a leading role in his home town last week when Andrew Finnigan, 21, from South Shields, starred in one-man musical comedy Drip.
The performance took place at The Customs House after its world premiere in Hull on 1 November for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Andrew, who joined The Customs House Youth Theatre in 2012, plays 15-year-old Liam, an optimistic teenager who signs up to Hull’s first ever synchronised swimming team, even though he can’t swim.
He said: “The Customs House has played such a big part in my career as an actor, so I’m pleased to have performed Drip in the venue. And in such an unconventional performance space like The Green Room, it was a real treat.”

The show tells a story of pride, friendship and being a gay teenager in Hull. It was created with and for young people in Hull through the Script Club project, in which a playwright works in their local community to write a new play.

Andrew, who remains involved in the Customs House Youth Theatre as assistant director, also trained at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle as part of its Project A scheme. His theatre credits include The Fifteen Streets (The Customs House), Scrapbook (Live Theatre, Newcastle) and Broken Biscuits (Live Theatre/Paines Plough and UK tour).

Fiona Martin, Learning and Participation Manager and Youth Theatre Group Leader at The Customs House said: “We are really proud of Andrew and delighted to have seen Drip in his home theatre. He’s very talented and I’m sure this will be the start of an excellent career.”

Drip is produced in partnership with Boundless Theatre and funded by Hull City Council, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Arts Council England.