ECC: Roman Around (10-11 Dec ’10)

The Show

Ryan Millar spent two years as a tour guide in Rome. As he says, “I showed up in Rome with no money and no idea what I was going to do, and eight months later I was a well-paid expert on the city.” Six months later he left. But while he was there, taking people through the incredible monuments and relating the fascinating and bizarre history to tourists, he realized it would make great theatre. So he wrote this show.

Roman Around: A Guided Tour of the Eternal City is the product of three years of thinking and writing. It is also the product of his love for the city and its history. For the audience, the show is both a guided tour of the city (including the Roman Forum, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel) as well as a window into one man’s struggle to make sense of life in Rome.

Bio – Ryan Millar

Born and raised in Canada, in the past seven years Ryan has lived in Amsterdam, Vancouver, Rome, Brussels, and now London. After all that moving he hopes to stay in London for awhile. He has worked as an educational rapper, video host, barista, art educator, and marine naturalist. More recently he has been a touring sketch and impro performer with Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago, a communications manager in Brussels, and – of course – a tour guide in Rome. 

Ryan appeared in the English Comedy Club’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist in 2007. His first play, The Power Force, won The American Theatre Company of Brussels’ One Act Playwriting Contest in 2007. He has recently finished his first short film Flunky, which he wrote and starred in. In the last year he has been working on an MA in Professional Writing at London Metropolitan University.