Perseverance Drive: Nathan Gillard Character Study

Next up in the series, Derek Ezenagu talks about his “controlling” character in Perseverance Drive.

The character of Nathan is a totally focused Pentecostal minister, he aims to become Bishop and is completely blinkered in this thinking; he seems to put his ambitions ahead of everything else in his life. He wants to do everything right in the eyes of the church but, as a result of his calling, his family life and relationships fail through lack of attention.

Nathan is the eldest sibling and so feels he is second in command to his dad Eli; I suppose wants to fill his shoes. He has an air of authority and had his father’s backing but these are big shoes to fill – his world falls apart by the end of the play.

I think audiences see Nathan as controlling especially with his relationship with Ruth, but I feel they also sympathise with him because in his eyes he is trying to do the right thing.

If I could give Nathan one piece of advice it would be to be more empathetic.

My favourite line in the play is when my character says to his wife Ruth: “perhaps when you’re in concentrated prayer you should decide whether you’re fit for purpose.”

Join the discussion @bushtheatre

RT @bushtheatre: It’s back! From West London to the West End and beyond, we’re proud to announce Richard Gadd's Baby Reindeer is going to t…
Melissa Saint
@melissasaintt
22 Jan
RT @bushtheatre: It’s back! From West London to the West End and beyond, we’re proud to announce Richard Gadd's Baby Reindeer is going to t…
Lucy
@Lucyonthego
22 Jan
RT @FMP_Theatre: BIG NEWS @MrRichardGadd's smash-hit, award winning BABY REINDEER will be heading to the West-End for a strictly limited ru…
Lee McLernon
@bangorballetboy
22 Jan
RT @FMP_Theatre: BIG NEWS @MrRichardGadd's smash-hit, award winning BABY REINDEER will be heading to the West-End for a strictly limited ru…
Emma Obank
@emmaobank
22 Jan
RT @MrRichardGadd: BIG NEWZ! #BabyReindeer will be heading to the West End @Ambtheatre from the 2nd of April to the 2nd of May before headi…
Joey Reid Dawson
@JoeyRDawson
22 Jan