|Has there been a role that has been especially difficult for you?
Playing Sherlock Holmes in the musical "The Baskerville Beast" and having to sing and dance which I have considerably less experience of on stage.
Yes - lightweight, one-dimensional roles in weekly rep!
I suppose it was more of a play than a role... A couple of years ago I was in an extremely controversial play which I believed to be bringing attention to an issue I felt very strongly about. Sadly during the run there was several fights within the cast and there some unfortunate audience responses leading some of the cast to doubt the play’s message. This made for a lot of upset and drama and eventually the show closed early, which was, at the time, heartbreaking.
Kid's theatre is probably the most difficult in some ways, you have to be quite fake, which goes against everything you learn when training!
Yes - I once had to appear partially nude on stage and the role was particularly difficult emotionally anyway as the character had a rather bleak journey. If I could have found a way around it I most certainly would have, but it was intrinsic to the story line and I felt I had to go ahead. It turned out to be a very liberating, (if frightening beforehand!) experience, but I wouldn’t want to do it again.
I wouldn't say a particular role has been difficult - there have been several chalanging roles but that is not quite the same thing.
Yes, playing Leontes in "The Winter's Tale" at drama school. It was obviously meant to be a challenge - I understand it's still a challenge for people who have been performing for years! - but the balance between all his different character traits was a little overwhelming at that stage of my training.
Yes. I can't remember the title of the play off-hand; it was directed by Greg Cullen for a fringe venue in Hammersmith. The character was an authoritarian racist - it went against every fibre of my being to hide my personality under his.
When I was in Drama school I played Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. I loved it but it was hard. My most challenging yet favourite role so far I think.
No not especially. Every role is a challenge and that's one of the things I love about it.
Hamm in Endgame. Very challenging, very rewarding.
Not yet... I have just started. But I am sure I would take up challenging roles.
I had to play someone who abused drugs in a low-budget movie. It was hard to make her emotions real because I have never had experience with drug abuse and I wasn't sure what she was feeling. Yet, I took advice from the producers and close friends and made her real. It was an emotionally draining process, but I got it accomplished.
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