Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Lucy Ioannou and I am playing Percival.
Where in the world are you from?
All over. I spent my earlier years growing up in California, and have been back and forth between America, Scotland, North Yorkshire, Cornwall and am now currently based in London.
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
In primary school, age 6, I played the role of Mary Poppins. At the end of the ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ dance I had spun Bert around a little too forcefully, causing him to nearly go flying off of the edge of the stage. Luckily he didn’t, but instead crashed in to Mrs Banks and knocked her over. Not my proudest moment.
What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
This actually. I had heard of the book when I was younger but never got around to reading it.
What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The death of Simon (sorry, spoiler!). It seems to be the first moment in the play in which every character succumbs to their innate animalistic instinct for survival which, in turn, drives them to do the unthinkable. I’m really excited to explore the physicality of this event.
Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Jack, because of course it makes complete sense that a choir prefect is also a natural-born hunter.
Tell us the title of your favourite play.
History Boys by Alan Bennett.
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Anne-Marie Duff. She was set on acting from a very early age and she persisted not matter what got in her way. She is also one of the few actors, of whom I am aware, who entered public consciousness through screen but has chosen to stick to her passion of performing in theatre. I admire her greatly. Plus she is brutally honest and is never apologetic about it: she once stormed out of an interview stating “Well thank you very much. You’ve made me feel like shit”.
If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Well that is just an unfair question, but I’m being forced to pick one I would have to say Gary Oldman.
What’s your favourite school yard game?
Sleeping lions. I was a master at that game.