Sunday, May 6, 2012

Voices 9: Discoveries: Joseph Mawle, Paul Trussell, Andrew Gower. Also Richard Armitage Reads a Poem

For my occasional Voices series I always hope to find a clip of a poetry reading or a clip of an actor's performance that is unexpected and new to me. I don't always succeed in finding the perfect sound bite or clip, but I always find something interesting.

In this post I'm featuring three new "discoveries":

Joseph Mawle

The first it turns out I've seen for a few years now, but he's always been one of those wonderful British actors whose performances I've loved but whose name I never memorized before. We've all seen him recently in two wonderful performances as Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones (Season 1) and as Jack Firebrace in Birdsong (2012).

Joseph Mawle  was born in Oxford and left school at 16 to become an actor. He contracted an ear disorder known as labyrinthitis that left him 70 per cent hearing-impaired. Mawle won a scholarship to study at the Bristol Old Vic's theatre school and graduated in 2002.  He's appeared in numerous British television productions and has a busy career on stage as well.

Below is a clip of Mawle in a recent TV production of Persuasion (2007) and in a video interview about acting that he did for A-Night-Less-Ordinary project.

Click on link for video interview:

Paul Trussell

The second is an actor I've known and loved mostly for one role, Rifleman Tongue in the British television series Sharpe, based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell. But I recently discovered he is an artist of many gifts. Trussell is also a wonderful writer/playwright.

During his career he's appeared in many films, UK television series, and plays. Trussell's stage career includes appearing in his own play, "Mouse" (2007), at the Edinburgh Festival. He will soon be appearing in the play  "6 Actors in Search of a Director"  at the Charing Cross Theatre in London.

Below you can listen to Paul Trussell read an excerpt of his own short story The End of Gray's Malaise:

To listen to Trussell read the entire story go to the link below:

Andrew Gower

The third is a new actor for me, but who played one of the characters I most enjoyed in Being Human Season 4 (2012).  Gower played vampire/lawyer Nick Cutler (insert your own lawyer jokes here.) Getting back to voices, I thought his voice has a very interesting quirky quality.

Gower was born in Merseyside (Liverpool). He is a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama (2010).  In the UK he is known for a recurring role in the ITV series Monroe and is also a member of a rock band called Emerson. 

In the video below we can see and hear Gower playing Frankenstein in a live television broadcast of the new musical, "Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds" (2011). The show was broadcast live on BBC Three from a set at Kirkstall Abbey.

......and now for The Voice:

Filming for The Hobbit continues in New Zealand and not even a new Video Blog from Peter Jackson lately. I needed a little relief from the drought and my search unearthed the poem below read by Richard Armitage.

Back to the Land was written in 1917 by Cyril Bretherton a writer and poet who was a regular contributor to Punch. Most of his work was credited as Algol or CBH.  According to little is know of his life beyond that.

Join the Global North & South Watch  June 1, 2, and 3 on Twitter and Facebook. For details go to N&S Watch organizer Fanny/iz4blue's blog at the link below:

Or to the Armitage Watch dedicated site:


Thanks to Wikipedia, Google Images, YouTube,, Richard Armitage Central


  1. Fantastic post! I knew I recognized that Birdsong guy from somewhere else! I commented on your terrific video - thanks for doing it!!
    I'll be back later to give this post more time. :)

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments Phylly. Glad you liked the video, means a lot, and thank you for your comments there too :)

  2. I'm a big fan of Richard Armitage's voice too! I'm going to be participating in the North & South group watch for his voice and much more. ;)

    1. Hi bccmee! I'm also looking forward to the North & South group watch :)

  3. Joseph was really amazing in BIRDSONG, and what a character he had in the mini series! I was unable to establish whom I loved better him or Eddie Redmayne. Although, I know I'd always go for Eddie. Amazing actors.


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