Actors playing actors moonlighting as Debt Collectors

Rob Hudson, who is starring alongside William Ilkley in The Debt Collectors at Chichester's Minerva Theatre from November 29-December 3.
Rob Hudson, who is starring alongside William Ilkley in The Debt Collectors at Chichester's Minerva Theatre from November 29-December 3.
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Rob Hudson believes certain parts of the character he plays in John Godber’s The Debt Collectors are based on himself.

But there’s no need to worry. He’s not saying that he’s anything like Spud, an out-of-work and out-of-date actor who turns to debt collecting.

But both of them did star in The Bill for five years.

Playwright John Godber bases his characters on the actors he wants to play them, and it’s no different as the cast take the show to Chichester’s Minerva Theatre on November 29-December 3.

Rob explains: ‘John had the idea about three years ago for a TV series but it never happened. He decided to write a play and he’d already asked Bill (Willism Ilkley), and then phoned me up.

‘It’s been brilliant. The reception has been amazing, and the audience are loving it. It just reaches people on so many levels.’

The Debt Collectors follows the story of two actors struggling with work, so they turn to debt collecting. They hate it, but need the money.

Rob continues: ‘I just think John writes dialogue better than anybody. The story telling is amazing and he uses a minimal amount of set. It sweeps the audience along.

‘My character does go a bit extreme and think’s he’s in a film. I go off the rails a little bit. It’s amazing that John has put a bit of our lives into it. Not that I’m off the rails!’

Tickets cost £18 to £20 from Chichester Festival Theatre on (01243) 781312 or go to cft.org.uk.