David Elliot Dickie was born in the west end of Toronto. He discovered his passion for acting at a young age and attended the Lorraine Kimsa Theater for Young Actors (now Young People’s Theater). He recently portrayed Inspector Hopkins in The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca (Scarborough Players). Portraying Christy in Elvis’s Toenail marks his debut performance with the Toronto Irish Players.
What drew you to audition for the role of Christy?
Originally I had auditioned for the role of “Mother Francis”, alas I couldn’t quite pull off a matriarchal religious figure head of 1960’s Ireland. Maybe another time.
Christy is a charismatic flirt with a big ol’ soft heart who brings an upbeat comedic touch to some of the plays serious tones. I have deep Irish roots myself, which are greatly fertilized by being part of this production, and that I’ve always wanted to explore. I just had to.
What’s your favorite play (Irish or otherwise)?
Changes like the seasons but I’ll have to go with a classic Irish playwright Oscar Wilde with The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
What’s the best role you’ve played as an actor and why?
I don’t really have one in particular, but I spent a few years in Nova Scotia where I had the opportunity of being a part of the Dramatic Society at Saint Mary’s University in many awesome roles, and worked with a whole slew of lovely folks.
How would you describe the play to someone who knows nothing about it?
Elvis’s Toenail is a slice of 1960’s Irish Culture with a charming allure. It’s the story of a group of women and young girls in a clothing factory facing heartfelt and very real issues of the time via social and religious practice. All while having a bit’o craic too, set ta’ the tune o’the King himself.
What’s your favourite part of community theatre?
The people you meet and the connections you develop with them. I think it’s amazing being in an environment surrounded by people free of any incentive, other than being driven by their passion, to take a piece of art in it’s written phase and bring it to life right off the page, in all aspects of a show, cast and crew.