Getting to Know You...
Each month we will "Get to Know" one of our fantastic clients a little better by plonking them in our interview chair, (think a comfy chaise lounge rather than the famous Mastermind chair) and asking them to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with us by taking our not too serious questionnaire. This month we "Get to Know"...
Years with Stage Centre: 3 yrs
If you were marooned on a desert island what would be your one luxury item you'd bring with you and why?
My dog Poppet because she is lots of fun and I could stay on the island forever.
On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being absolutely not and 10 being definitely, how do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
The same as I feel about Camels with one hump.
First Acting Job – Last Acting Job?
I graduated and went to the Edinburgh fringe with Transformation that won the Diamond in the Rough award and also with Richard Marsh’s Greedy Scratchers. He was going out with Isy Sutti then and so we hung out with her a bit too.
What would your Super Power be?
To be a great singer. I could then lull everyone into a trance and give the world a bit of peace or rob a bank, depending on my mood.
How do you relax?
I walk across countries: Israel, Mexico and the Camino di Santiago - Spain.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Every now and again I do something extraordinary and I wonder about this. However most of the time I realise there would be
no need for a film of my life.
You are up on stage to collect your best Actor Oscar...You’ve thanked the usual ie Family, Agent, Film crew etc….Who else do you thank?
Pumpkin, Poppet’s mother. For being the greatest companion of my life.
Where were you trained?
I did my foundation with Clean Break and my degree on the Contemporary theatre course at East 15. I was the first winner of the Baraldi prize! I remember at Clean Break being so terrified of being on stage that I would speak my lines so fast. It’s good to reflect because it reminds me what I’ve learned and how far I have come..
What is your most treasured possession?
My teddy called Smelly. We have spent our lives together and he has been with me when I went to find myself in India and when I went to Zimbabwe to rescue some children and he was there too in China when I wrote their National Drama Curriculum Ah! I need to swap Poppet for Smelly as my luxury marooned item. This does not bode well for my chances of remaining sane on the desert island if already I’d rather have a teddy for company than a dog!
What one piece of advice would you give your younger Acting/Performing self?
Be a sycophant. Smile and agree with everyone. Bluech – just been sick!
Please tell us of a career highlight?
Performance role model?
None. I don’t really care about what others are doing because on screen there are so many more factors to a good performance than just the actor; even down to the continuity person doing a good job to ensure the take is valid.
Do you have a favorite genre of the Performing Arts? Why?
I’m going to say pantomime. Not because it’s my favourite per se, but because it is a crucial part of UK culture. It is
dynamic, silly, interactive, playful, animated and often children’s first theatrical experience.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing...Anything you would do differently, career-wise?
I be a sycophant, smile and agree with everyone. Nah! If I did I wouldn’t be me and I prefer being authentic.
Thanks to Gemskii for his time.
Next up, it's time to "Get to Know" our Welsh wonder and all round comedy funstar Rachel Fenwick