Zoe Goodacre [zoeg]
How did you begin acting?
I began acting at school in student productions, then went back to it later in life as an amateur performer in community theatre. Through that route, I became interested in different acting methods and trained on a part-time basis with a number of different methods. I discovered the techniques of Augusto Boal and was instantly sold on this way of rehearsing and performing, which was totally different to how I had done things in the past.
At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?
Only this year, and it was completely out of the blue. I got involved with a Theatre of the Oppressed project purely out of interest and was given a role in a play, 'Til Death Do Us Part, about domestic abuse. As the play developed, the director and producer began to book workshops with groups affected by domestic abuse and sought grant funding for the work. Before I knew it, I was being paid for the work I had become involved with purely out of interest as a hobby.
Please list an Internet address where one can see something about you.
Please list the most important or defining jobs of your career.
The role that I have at the moment, playing Kerry in 'Til Death Do Us Part, has defined my whole career and turned me from an enthusiastic amateur into a professional. It's also made me realise all the ways I can use my skills as an actor that don't involve being on a stage playing to a passive audience.
Do you see yourself working in this field in twenty years?
Are you continuing to educate yourself through acting classes, seminars, or other courses? Do you combine this with your normal job?
I'm always learning at what I do and I always want to try out new things. I'm interspersing my work with training in Boal techniques, but I've also taken a course in screen acting (I've purely worked on live performance so far) and workshops on stage combat, Stanislavsky, improvisation and all sorts of other things. I'll continue to do this as long as I'm still acting. I don't think it does anyone any good to think they know everything.
Is there any fetish role you haven't interpreted yet, but that you have in your head to do one day?
I don't know about "fetish" but I would absolutely love to play Inès in No Exit. I would generally just love to do that play - either as an actor or a director. The themes in it and the interplay between the characters really appeals to me.
Could you say that your tools as an actress pertain to a certain school or concrete method?
Not at all. I have a particular affinity for Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, but I also draw on a number of other theatre practitioners such as Meisner, Stanislavsky, Mamet and my own personal experience to guide the way I approach my craft.
How do you feel when people recognise you on the street?
Given that I work in very small, local productions I don't exactly have instant recognisability! That said, I have had people who've seen me in plays approach me in the street afterwards and tell me they enjoyed what I did. It makes me feel privileged to be able to give people something they've appreciated.