It's just me on stage in the show, extolling the virtues of train-spotting. The writer, Stephen Dinsdale, met someone about 20 years ago called Gus Gascoigne, who fitted the prototype, and he wanted to immortalize him. I've been playing the same character for over a year now and sometimes I think, why am I doing this? Then I get a second wind. There are times when I run through little sections and I feel I haven't put anything into it, but then I'll find new things to spur me on.
Going from place to place can be very disorientating, but at least it keeps me interested, as I've never seen most of England before. I still get nervous, because I worry whether I'm doing the character justice and then realise that it's a very different experience, me doing it every night and someone seeing it for the first time.
James Holmes is currently touring with 'Anorak of Fire' at the Dublin Festival to 8 Oct, Oxford Playhouse 10-12 Oct (0865 798600). Tour continues until 2 Feb
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