Born in Scotland. Eric studied theatre at the University of Warwick and trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Extensive theatre experience includes The Young Vic; DV8 Physical Theatre; David Glass Ensemble; V-TOL; Citizens Theatre Glasgow; TAG Theatre Glasgow; Red Shift; Manchester Royal Exchange; Bristol Old Vic; Theatre of Comedy Company; Royal National Theatre Studio; Boilerhouse; Volcano; Lumiere & Son; Theatre-Rites; London Bubble; Shunt; Nutkhut; Stumbledance Circus; Station House Opera and National Theatre of Scotland. He was recently commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council to make his first solo work – The Abbot of Unreason.
Eric Maclennan describes himself as a ‘theatre maker’, and the title is fitting, considering his unique style of performance and diverse roles as an actor, director and teacher. Maclennan is a Theatre graduate of the University of Warwick, who also trained at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and he has over 28 years of experience in theatre and film in the UK and abroad.
In recent years Eric has enjoyed working on a number of site-specific theatre projects notably Beachcomber a promenade show on the isle of Terschelling; Half-Life around neolithic sites on the west coast of Scotland, and Salt a promenade show in the Zollverein world heritage site in the industrial Ruhr near Essen.
Eric has appeared in The Government Inspector by Gogol at the Young Vic in London directed by Richard Jones.
His film credits include an adaptation of Anna Karenina (screenplay by Tom Stoppard) directed by Joe Wright, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Darkest Hour directed by Tom Leonard.
Next, he will be appearing in Don Quixote by Jonathan Holloway in The Covered Market.
Inspired by philosophy and comedy in equal measure his work questions our unconscious habits, challenges conventions and isn’t afraid to say the unsayable!
Founded Stan’s Cafe with James in 1991. They worked closely together until late 1995 when Graeme joined the company’s board and formed a new company, The Resurrectionists, with Richard Chew. He returned as an Associate Artist in 1999, devised Lurid and Insane in 2001 and took a post as half of the education team 2005-2007. Graeme continues to perform with a range of companies including Bodies In Flight, Red Shift, Talking Birds, Black Country Touring and Kindle as well as directing his own work and producing projects with The Resurrectionists.
Selected Stan Work: Perry Como, Memoirs Of An Amnesiac, Canute the King, Voodoo City, Framed, It’s Your Film (touring), The Black Maze (touring), The Carrier Frequency, Lurid and Insane, Of All The People In All The World (touring), The Cleansing Of Constance Brown, Tuning Out With Radio Z (touring), The Cardinals. The Commentators, The Voyage, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Noise into Notes, Living Toys, Finger Trigger Bullet Gun, The Camp and Siegfried in Twilightofthefreakingods.
In recent years Graeme has enjoyed working on many projects; Choke directed by Chris O’Connell (2018), Behind Bars: Ghosts of Lock-up directed by Jo Gleave, Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder directed by Steve Johnstone, Bodies In Flight in Wickham Theatre, Bristol and of course you’ll know him from 1984 directed by Jonathan Holloway in 2017. Next, he will be appearing in Don Quixote by Jonathan Holloway in The Covered Market.
“The most perceptive character in a play is the fool, because the man who wishes to seem simple cannot possibly be a simpleton.”
23 August to 28 September, The Covered Market, Oxford
Our Don Quixote, adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway, will remain faithful to Cervantes’ beautiful paean to growing old while simultaneously re-fashioning it as a fable for our times. A Honda 50cc moped represents a noble steed, a folding Formica topped camping table accommodates a great feast, the woman in accounts handing out the P45s stands-in as Dom’s unattainable beauty, Dulcinea del Toboso.
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