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Meet the Cast -Elizabeth Hollingshead

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1)    What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Elizabeth Hollingshead and I grew up in Wiltshire.

2)    Who do you play?
Lucy Lockit

3)    What were your first impressions of the project?
First impressions – creative, fun, current, political.

4)    What has been the highlight of the project so far?
Highlight so far- the singing. Bobbys score is fabulous.

5)    What’s the most challenging part of the process?
Challenge- attempting to be a triple threat! Singing dancing and acting at once is not easy!

6)    What are you most looking forward to in the remainder of the project?
Looking forward to tech to see Sorcha’s design for the play and it’s visual impact.

7)    Who is your biggest inspiration?
Inspired by strong classical women- Harriet Walter, Juliet Stevenson, Glenda Jackson, Michelle Terry.

8)    What is your favourite musical of all time?
It’s a close call between West side story and Into The Woods! 

9)    If you could play any role in a musical, (other than the one you are playing in The Beggar’s Opera) what would it be and why?
Probably the Witch in Into The Woods because she is wonderful and she has some beautiful solos.

10) The Beggar’s Opera is all about chancers and opportunity, a ‘Live-for-today’ kind of attitude, if you could give one piece of advice to your younger self or to anyone else what would it be?
My advice to my younger self would be to stop caring so much about your appearance and what others think! People worth keeping close will see past any facade. And also never to drink vodka neat.

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Meet the Cast – Josie Mills

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1)    What’s your name and where do you come from?
Josie Mills from Chester.

2)    Who do you play?
Lockitt. Though usually a man, this time she’s a woman. Just as devious as the blokes!

3)    What were your first impressions of the project?
Couldn’t wait to work with Lazarus. The audition was such a great insight and the grotesque clown dance made me 100% sure I wanted in.

4)    What has been the highlight of the project so far?
Getting to spend every day creating something with such an amazingly talented and diverse group of individuals, cast and crew. And laughing. A lot!

5)    What’s the most challenging part of the process?
Breaking down what’s behind Gay’s writing. The story is actually really complex with characters that seem on the surface quite shallow, but when you delve in you find they are people like you and me. Going through the same challenges and issues that we have today.

6)    What are you most looking forward to in the remainder of the project?
The audience reaction!

7)    Who is your biggest inspiration?
Madonna. That girl got balls.

8)    What is your favourite musical of all time?
The Rocky Horror Show. It will always stand the test of time. Plus it’s full of nutters. 

9)    If you could play any role in a musical, (other than the one you are playing in The Beggar’s Opera) what would it be and why?
Clearly Magenta!

10) The Beggar’s Opera is all about chancers and opportunity, a ‘Live-for-today’ kind of attitude, if you could give one piece of advice to your younger self or to anyone else what would it be?
Believe in yourself as much as your friends believe in you.

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Meet the Cast – Shalana Serafina

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1)    What’s your name and where do you come from?
Shalana Serafina and I am a born and bred Somerset country bumpkin, now living in London.

2)    Who do you play?
I’m playing the role of alcohol ‘appreciating’, business woman,  Mrs Trapes.

3)    What were your first impressions of the project?
I loved the fact that we were highlighting current issues within society today, through a comical, light hearted, musical medium, whilst still using Gay’s original text and concept.

4)    What has been the highlight of the project so far?
Being surrounded by such a talented team! I am learning from my fellow cast members each day, but I really take my hat off to our production team, they are all working so hard to make every detail of the production perfect.

5)    What’s the most challenging part of the process?
Really delving into the text to understand Gay’s use of language during the 1700’s.

6)    What are you most looking forward to in the remainder of the project?
I’m very excited to explore Mrs Trapes further this week… I’m also intrigued to see how many more ways we can use an umbrella during this production.

7)    Who is your biggest inspiration?
Forrest McClendon is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, (he played Mr Tambo in The Scottsboro Boys) he came to our drama school to talk to us about the industry when I was in my final year. His passionate approach to life and work is something that I will never forget.

8)    What is your favourite musical of all time?
This is the million dollar question!!

As a young girl I would watch Annie on repeat, I even had a toy dog called sandy, so I guess I’d have to say Annie.

9)    If you could play any role in a musical, (other than the one you are playing in The Beggar’s Opera) what would it be and why?
Scaramouche in ‘We Will Rock You’, she’s feisty, fierce and has no intention to blend in with the crowd… and who doesn’t love Queen!

10) The Beggar’s Opera is all about chancers and opportunity, a ‘Live-for-today’ kind of attitude, if you could give one piece of advice to your younger self or to anyone else what would it be?
If you’re told that you can’t or won’t achieve something, use those words to make you stronger. Use those words to prove people wrong. Use those words to inspire the people that DO believe in you!

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June 24th Photo of the day

June 24th Photo of the day

Image of Inspiration for Tragedy of Mariam from Across the pond blog

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March 30th Photo of the Day

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