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Meet the cast -Pauline Nakirya

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Pauline Nakirya and I play Aniko/Old Peasant/Woman.

Where in the UK are you from?
I hail from North London.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My first theatrical experience was seeing a performance of a nativity at primary school when I was 5 years old. But I used to also provide entertainment for guests when they came to visit my family, and it was a big deal because I also forced my cousins to get involved.

What was your first experience of Brecht?
When I was at University as he was said to be one of the influential writers of his time. We particularly looked at Mother Courage.

What was your first experience of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
First real experience was with Lazarus. At University, it was just another play that he wrote.

What was your first thought when you heard about a production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
“Right. What’s he done especially, in this play that’s got Lazarus like…” That was my first thought.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
“The Lion and the Jewel” by Wole Soyinka. Like Brecht, he is one of many African writers whose works have had them exiled from their homeland.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Again, Wole Soyinka and then Ngungi wa Thiongo. This is because their work was part of shaping the way I wanted theatre to affect people and society. Sorry, that’s sounds so deep!

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Gary Oldman, because he can adapt into anyone in any situation.

What’s your favourite party game?
Picking up a cereal box from the floor without using your hands or legs… Yeah, it’s a challenge especially when you have to keep tearing off part of the box every time it is successfully picked up until it’s just a piece of card board on the floor. People get creative.

 

Want to know more about what’s happening in the rehearsal room, take a look at our blog.
23rd February – 12th March , 2016
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Meet the Cast – Paula Brett

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Hello, my name is Paula Brett and I play Tea Lady/Cook/Peasant Woman
Where in the UK are you from?
Ashford, Middlesex… Not Kent!
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Aside from a brief appearance as the Angel Gabriel in my Nursery Nativity, I’ve danced since I was very small. I did my first dance show at 7, a ballet number to Doll On A Music Box from Chitty. Around that time my parents took us to see Beauty and the Beast in the West End – they’d saved up for months – and I was hooked!
What was your first experience of Brecht?
I’d heard him referred to during my GCSE drama days, but didn’t really study his work until my time at the BRIT school.
What was your first experience of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
Our GCSE drama group were actually supposed to put on a production, but it fell through after one rehearsal! My friends think it’s hilarious I’m in this, it’s finally happened after almost ten years.
What was your first thought when you heard about a production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
I think Brecht gets bargepoled a bit because people are intimidated by the harsh language and the “Brechtian” style, so it’s been amazing to get our hands on something so rarely done and tremendously exciting.
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
There are so many! Controversially, I do love Comic Potential. It’s one of Ayckbourn’s strongest, and reflects on the bygone age of true comedy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favourite Shakespeare – it manages to have both a carefree and frightening feel about it, and reminds us not to take life too seriously.
 
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
I love watching the old masters at work – Olivier, Robert Stephens, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi – I’m only fashioned, I like to hear beautifully-spoken English. Their kind of theatre reflected a kind of beauty about the world and all its flaws that I think we’ve lost in the age of cynicism.
If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Jeremy Brett, hands down. He was so intensely believable and graceful in everything he did – he had that special something about an actor that you just can’t teach. He was also one of the first people to speak publicly about Mental Health issues, and was renowned for being a kind hearted and generous man.
What’s your favourite party game? 
We like Black Stories in our house – one person reads a description of the scene of a crime, and the rest of the group have to guess how it happened. It’s perfect at the end of the night when you’re winding down.
Want to know more about what’s happening in the rehearsal room, take a look at our blog.
23rd February – 12th March , 2016

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February 26th Photo of the Day

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Brockley Jack Theatre 23rd February – 12th March, 2016

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Meet the Cast – Grace Cheatle

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Grace Cheatle, playing Governor’s wife, Mother-in-law, and Lodovica
Where in the UK are you from?
Solihull, which is in the West Midlands
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My earliest memory is playing a star in the school nativity. I must have been about five years old. I just vividly remember having a wardrobe malfunction as my cardboard star fell off my head half-way though the show.
What was your first experience of Brecht?
It was whilst I was at school. We used to have a group come in and perform things in a Brechtian style which was really fun. Until I tried to do a Brecht play and A-level and realised it was a lot harder than they made it seem. So a love-hate relationship with Bertolt began there really.
What was your first experience of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
I thought it was absolutely bonkers. Pretty much everyone in it is as mad as a box of frogs, and it was pretty daunting to try and get a hold of when I first read it.
What was your first thought when you heard about a production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
This is going to be insane.
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
That’s really tough! I see a lot of fringe theatre, and so many of the new companies you see there are really inspiring – creating very different, exciting work. I think I’d say I was inspired by a lot of things, all the time. The cast of this production inspire me every day – which has made the rehearsal process pretty amazing.
If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Anne Hathaway – I’ve been besotted with her since The Princess Diaries
What’s your favourite party game? 
I always liked pass the parcel. Though that seems to be appearing at fewer and fewer parties I attend.
Want to know more about what’s happening in the rehearsal room, take a look at our blog.
23rd February – 12th March , 2016

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February 25th Photo of the Day

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Brockley Jack Theatre 23rd February – 12th March , 2016

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Meet the Cast – Adam Boyle

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Where in the UK are you from?
I am originally from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My first ever theatrical experience was at the age of 10 at  a variety show for my local Am-dram society growing up, that my elder sister had dragged me to. I performed a comedy monologue as Jack from the nursery rhyme ‘Jack and Jill’  after he’d fallen down the hill and got the pale of water stuck on his head. Needless to say I was hooked from there.
What was your first experience of Brecht?
Like a lot of folk I studied Brecht at school, and did an A Level performance of  The Good Person of Szechwan.
What was your first experience of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
I hadn’t actually had much of an experience of The Caucasian Chalk Circle before starting this production, so It’s actually been a lovely experience to be able to approach a well known piece with such a bare canvas as it were. 
What was your first thought when you heard about a production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
As I said I had had very little contact with the play before we started the process but certainly my first thought of reading the play knowing I was in it was, “Cor blimey that’s an awful lot of characters we have to play!”
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
 John Osborne’s ‘Look Back In Anger’
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
 I don’t often find myself getting star struck or anything like that, but as cheesy as it may sound i am constanly inspired by the hard working individuals in the industry today. And not just the big wigs getting all the awards, but all the hundreds of small companies, actors directors, theatre makers that carry on with the job without a thought that they might ever earn a proper income at what they do, but simply because they love and are passionate about what they do.
If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
I think I would go with Ian McKellen. I think he’s had a fascinating career on both stage an screen
What’s your favourite party game? 
I have always been far to overly competitive when it comes Musical Chairs. And I still love it. I will do whatever it takes to get on that chair!
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23rd February – 12th March , 2016

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February 24th Photo of the Day

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Rehearsal photo taken by Adam Trigg
Brockley Jack Theatre 23rd February – 12th March , 2016

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