Angus Thorburn

Angus is a Brisbane-based Actor & Director. 2022 marks his fourth year as a member of QSE, beginning with the apprenticeship in 2019. He went on to play the gallant Hotspur in the mainstage production of Henry IV Part 1 and various supporting roles in the staged reading of The Tragedy of Socrates. In 2020, during lockdown, he voiced Banquo in the Radio Play of Macbeth in the Dark. Last year, he read the part of Private David King in the historic staged reading of A Sleep of Prisoners at St John’s Cathedral. He also played the dual-roles of Benvolio and a European-accented Paris in Romeo & Juliet. This year, he is excited to join the Shakespeare’s Shorts team as Claudius & the Ghost in Half-Hour Hamlet.

Angus’ formal acting training began in 2016 at TAFE Queensland (in partnership with the University of Canberra). There, he spent three rigorous years practising theatre methods, studying plays and harnessing his physical, vocal and mental skills for the stage. He graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Acting & Performance. After TAFE, Angus began to practise directing alongside his acting. In 2019, he successfully produced his directorial debut of Have I None by Edward Bond for the Anywhere Festival at Boggo Road Gaol; this was one of the first theatre performances to be held in that venue. When COVID-19 hit in 2020, Angus used isolation to rest and recuperate, while still maintaining a certain level of creative artistry in Brisbane. Last year, Angus stepped back into the role of the director for his first Shakespeare production of As You Like It for Anywhere Theatre Festival. This was stagedin the backyard of his house, with the support of QSE.

His other theatre acting credits include: Equus (Ad Astra), where he starred as Alan Strang; Tower of Babel (Baran Theatre and Metro Arts); 13 (TAFE); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TAFE); O Solo Mio #6 (TAFE); Leaves of Grass (TAFE), and Grimm Fairy Tales (La Boite Young Actors Company at the Festival of Australian Student Theatre).