by Gillian McDade
A STEWARTSTOWN man’s life has taken a dramatic turn following his appearance in Seventies independent Belfast film Good Vibrations.
Thirty-one-year-old Trevor Adams plays a soldier in the film based on the life of Terri Hooley who is a rebel and music-lover in 1970s Troubles-ridden Belfast.
While his friends take up arms, Terri decides to take the brave step of opening a record shop on the most bombed street in Europe, naming it Good Vibrations.
Obsessive music fan Terri, played by Richard Dormer, realises the depth of feeling for Belfast and he becomes the unlikely leader of a band of young punks who join him in his mission to create a new, alternative Ulster, to inject life into the city.
Trevor who is a member of Extras NI, received a call from the production crew to say he’d been selected to appear as a soldier in the film, his scene involving stopping and searching a group returning from a punk concert.
The film was shot two years ago and Trevor’s excerpt, complete with 1970s props, was filmed around 3am at Divis Mountain in Belfast. Trevor told the MAIL it took around ten takes filmed from different angles to satisfy the director.
The Stewartstown man, who has always been interested in drama, said working with the cast was good fun and he even met up with them at the Galway Film Festival last year to renew friendships and share fond memories of filming.
Trevor took the plunge into acting, joining the Belfast-based Belvoir Players theatre group in 2010 and went on to appear as Ronnie in their summer adaptation of Sam Cree’s Cupid Wore Skirts, which toured Northern Ireland. He then joined Stewartstown Amateur Dramatic Society, appearing in Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin. Trevor has also worked with popular Cookstown playwright Carol Dooey, appearing as the plumber in her stage show Chronicles In A Vicar’s Kitchen.
Trevor, who is a former pupil of Cookstown High School and Loughry College, cites his favourite film stars as Julie Walters and Whoopi Goldberg.
And finally, Trevor has some words of advice for those who would love to follow their dream and get into acting.
“There are a lot of people out there who don’t think they can act or maybe they don’t have the confidence to take the first step. I made the first move and I realised I could do it. It’s great fun and it’s good for your self-esteem, so just get out there and go for it! You’ll get such a buzz out of it,” he said.
The Ritz in Cookstown plans to show the film from this weekend onwards if there is a big enough demand for it - check the cinema Facebook page for details.