Dial M For Murder – Actor Spotlight – Ian McGarrett

Ian is playing various small roles in “Dial M For Murder”, including Thompson, and all the voices heard over the phone or radio. This is Ian’s first production with Bygone.

Ian McGarrett aka Thompson
Ian McGarrett aka Thompson

1. How did you get started in theatre?
I never really have gotten started in theatre. A spear carrier in Aida. One of several disembodied hands wielding a cardboard dagger in an avant garde production best left unremembered.  The guy at the concession stand during intemission at the Tarragon for a couple of seasons. More of the same. Not so much a start as a drift into theatre.

2. What is your favourite part of the creative process?
I like seeing the mechanics and the logistics of putting together a production, being able to enjoy both the process and the finished product. Like knowing how a magic trick is accomplished and being able to better appreciate the skills of the magician executing it.

3. What are some challenges you face as an actor?
I haven’t a clue. Figuring that out is in itself a challenge. I think I’ll stick to background and blissful ignorance.

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Author: BygoneTheatre

Bygone Theatre was founded as a collective in October of 2012, and became an incorporated not-for-profit company in October of 2015. Our mandate is to produce theatre written or set in the early 20th century, focusing on historical aspects in design and incorporating a classic cinema aesthetic. ​ In 2019 Bygone Theatre was nominated for 14 Broadway World Toronto Awards, including Best Community Theatre and Best Play (Equity). We took home a total of 5 awards, 4 of which were for The Rear Window, including Best Direction of a Play (Equity); Best Original Lighting Design; Best Leading Actor (Play, Equity); and Best Featured Actress (Play, Equity). We took a hiatus our 2020/21 season because of the COVID19 pandemic, and used that time to develop our charitable initiatives. In August of 2021 we were nominated for the Toronto Star Readers' Choice Award for Best Live Theatre. Part of our mission involves inclusion and accessibility, and we strive to allow artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to have hands-on experience in whatever capacity they are most interested in; this has included youth outreach programs for high school students interested in production design, and acting opportunities for those who have never performed onstage.

4 thoughts on “Dial M For Murder – Actor Spotlight – Ian McGarrett”

  1. Ian! You are my most favorite actor in the world! I am your number on fan (Frank and Nanc can be 2nd and 3rd…lol) WTG.

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