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In this International Festival Portrait, Alan Cumming talks about how knew he wanted to be an actor, and the electric moments of connection he experiences in live theatre.

Stars

Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its highest. Live in fragments no longer.
E.M. Forster, Howards End

Alan Cumming performed Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at the 2016 International Festival.

The International Festival Portraits are a series of interviews with actors, choreographers, musicians, conductors, writers and directors talking about the art that they love.

The 2016 International Festival Portraits feature Alan Cumming, Barry Humphries, Crystal Pite, James Yorkston, John Tiffany, Marin Alsop and Meow Meow in a series of personal reflections on their art-form, the nature of live performance, and the unique connection they experience with an audience every time they take to the stage.