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.