10 October 1980
Friday Night - Saturday Morning BBC 2 TV show broadcast
featuring an interview with Bowie recorded in New York's Plaza
Hotel by Tim Rice. It included extracts from the play onstage at
the Booth Theatre.
DB: I've had a terrific audience that have been
staunchly loyal, in the main part, to what I've done and the
changes that I've taken, which as you know have been quite
diverse to say the least. And there have been a sort of knotty band
that have stayed with me through all of that. And so I've never
tried to feel self-satisfied with what I've done which has
prompted me to move in different directions. But it certainly was
an incredible fulfilment for me to be able to do something, so-called
'legitimate', in fact undergo that kind of discipline
and find I could withstand it and work within somebody else's
very strict confines.
TR: Are you getting people saying, 'I enjoyed
your performance but I've never heard of you before'?
DB: That element has crept into it, yes. There have
been some regular theatre-goers who've come… well, they
had heard of me but in some sort of perverse fashion or some kind
of really corrupt idea of what I was about and I suppose they've
got a different impression of me now…
TR: Would you like to go back on stage in due course?
DB: Not particularly. I've learned an awful
lot just from the few weeks that I've been doing this. I hope
I can explore the part even further. If I don't then I'll
be wasting a lot of time. I would like to be more adventurous with
the part. Whilst all this palaver has gone on about press and opening
nights and whatever, now things are relaxing more I would like to
stretch out into it more. There are certain avenues that I'd
like to follow that I haven't had the courage to do so, yet.
But now I will probably take advantage.