Interview with cast members of a play, with emphasis on themes related to the play

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Remarkable Invisible, Matt Addis, Interview: ‘When the vast majority of actors are based in London it makes complete sense to hold auditions there.’

The final show of  Theatre by the Lake’s summer season is something of a treasure: a new play from Laura Eason, writer/producer of House of Cards and author of  Sex With Strangers, one of the most-performed plays in the USA in recent times. 

I thought it would be good to chat to Matt Addis who is starring in domestic drama Remarkable Invisible about his role, the production and other things.

‘FYI’ Addis has previously appeared in War Horse at National Theatre and Boeing-Boeing at Comedy Theatre among other things.

Here is what we discussed.  (see below, obvs.)

Hi Matt! How is 2017 treating you?

It’s been great thanks. I’ve worked on some awesome projects and am delighted to find myself back in Keswick for the summer.

How would you describe your state of mind while rehearsing ‘Remarkable Invisible’?

We had a somewhat intense process for this production – just over 2 weeks in the rehearsal room, which is rather short for a new play. I try to keep energised with plenty of fresh air and exercise. I’ve also been immersing myself in the world of the play as much as possible, listening to US radio stations, reading novels my character might read, and creating playlists of his favourite music.

Creativity can sometimes flourish in the absence of people demanding it, right?

I think creativity flourishes where it is encouraged, or often where circumstances demand creative solutions.

Is it easy being an actor?

There are many great joys in our line of work, and many challenges – sometimes just finding work you want to do can be tricky.

Keswick is quite special place isn’t it. What are you experiences of the spending time there?

I first worked here in 2011, and fell in love with the town then. I’ve been back as often as I can since, both for work and holidays. If it was practical to live here and do what I do, I’d move here tomorrow.

What are your thoughts on members of Equity have condemning regional theatres for holding auditions and rehearsals in London?

I live outside London and travel there for auditions regularly. When the vast majority of actors are based in London it makes complete sense to hold auditions there. I enjoyed rehearsing one of Keswick’s summer shows in London – I got to spend more time at home with family, and recorded a couple of audiobooks over the weekends. I also very much enjoyed rehearsing my second show in Keswick, and racing up fells after rehearsals.

Are actors difficult people to be friends with?

Definitely not. We’re often very social creatures who are comfortable being open, and good at maintaining friendships.

Have you ever left a negative review for something you’ve bought online?

Yes, I think honest reviews help us all when we’re online.

What kind of man are you?

I’m a strong-minded, healthy, vegetarian feminist liberal.

The Rep season at Theatre by The Lake aside, what’s happening next for you?

November sees me back in the studio for more audiobooks, and then hopefully heading overseas for more theatre.

Is there anything that you’d like to add?

Come and see the show, it’s on until November 4!

Remarkable Invisible is on at Theatre By The Lake in Keswick until November 4

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T’Nia Miller The Ugly One at Park Theatre Cast Interview: “You’ll find us congregating in the bar which stock Kraken rum, so I’m as happy as a pig in …”

T'Nia Miller
T'Nia Miller

T’Nia Miller

Do you think everyone does have body confidence issues? Some people seem to have none at all, do they just not realise it?
No I don’t think everyone has body issues despite the media’s efforts to make us feel inferior in some way or other. Within different cultures ‘body issues’ are non-existent and emphasis on self-worth is measured  on less fickle values/ideals.

Is it quite fun working at Park Theatre?
You’ll find us often congregating in the bar which stock Kraken rum, so I’m as happy as a pig in …

What drew you to auditioning for The Ugly One?
Well  it’s a very funny play and I rarely get to do much theatre. I also hugely admire our director and love working with him.

Getting older is quite fun isn’t it: do you need time to pass so that you can look back with wisdom?
Is getting old fun? Umm personally I wouldn’t know as I’m 21 years young. I’ll have to trust you on that one. I have to say I’ve found wisdom in the voices of four year olds as well as those in their twilight years.

What can audiences expect from The Ugly One 10 years on since it was last seen?
I imagine it’s still as side splitting ten years ago as it is today! On a more serious note If things continue to head the way they are in the western world and with the impact of globalisation I imagine it will still be very much relevant in ten years’ time.

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How have the performances been going? Is it fun performing in an intimate space such as Park 90?
Every night is different still so much to explore and learn.

Can you describe your director (Roy) in 3 words?
No. Joking umm he’s intelligent, innovative fun

Last question – easy one – Do any of you share the view that some take that Brexit and Trump are good for arts and culture?
I can’t even deal … seriously I could write a dissertation on this question alone.

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The Ugly One at Park Theatre, Interview: Arian Nik: “Art, theatre & performance is one of the best outlets of frustration & another opportunity to have you voice heard.”

Charlie Dorfman and Arian Nik in The Ugly One. Photo Credit Helen Maybanks
Charlie Dorfman and Arian Nik in The Ugly One. Photo Credit Helen Maybanks

Charlie Dorfman and Arian Nik in The Ugly One. Photo Credit Helen Maybanks

Their PR asked if I’d like to have a chat with the cast of Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One and I said ‘yes please, can I ask them all the same question?’ and before they had a chance to say no I did just that.
 During the course of what follows you will hear various cast members talking about various things. Specifically: getting older, The Ugly One (obviously) and more.
 ‘FYI’ The Ugly One is a scalpel sharp comedy on beauty, identity and getting ahead in life. You will also bear witness to a question about Trump and Brexit’s impact on arts and culture. Oh and it runs at the Park Theatre until 24 June.
Arian Nik answers the same set of questions as Indra Ové yesterday.
Do you think everyone does have body confidence issues? Some people seem to have none at all, do they just not realise it?
I can’t really speak for others, but as far as my own confidence goes – I think we live in a society now where there are so many pressures from the media that it’s hard not to have hang ups about your appearance!

Is it quite fun working at Park Theatre?
Working at The Park Theatre has been a blast so far. I trained at Mountview  Academy in North London so spent a lot of my time as an acting student seeing productions at The Park- feels awesome to now be on the other side. The theatre is always buzzing & the staff are super friendly.

What drew you to auditioning for The Ugly One?
There were so many reasons! Having visited The Park so much as a student, to perform there was always a goal of mine. Secondly, the piece itself excited me so much! I had loads of questions & was hungry to explore the possible answers. Above all – I wanted to work with Roy. His approach to text & story telling rang true with me. I was itching to create with him.

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Getting older is quite fun isn’t it: do you need time to pass so that you can look back with wisdom?
I don’t believe wisdom necessarily comes from age or time, but from experience. One person can experience more in a year than another person may do in a lifetime. The experiences offer the wisdom. Not age, nor time.
But yes, getting older is fun. I counted down the days till I could get my hands on a Drivers Licence.

What can audiences expect from The Ugly One 10 years on since it was last seen?
Audiences can expect an exciting, thought-provoking & hilarious night out. The play is more relevant than ever. The issues explored & the expectations from the world of the play are perhaps more relatable now than they were 10 years ago.

How have the performances been going? Is it fun performing in an intimate space such as Park 90?
The preview period has been so much fun. The audiences have been warm & welcoming which has really allowed us to explore, cement but above all – PLAY.

Can you describe your director (Roy) in 3 words?
Open. Playful. Supportive.

Last question – easy one – Do any of you share the view that some take that Brexit and Trump are good for arts and culture?
As long as there are no cuts or shunning involved- yes. World politics is igniting something within people more so than ever. Art, theatre & performance is one of the best outlets of frustration & another opportunity to have you voice heard.

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The Ugly One at Park Theatre – Cast Interview – Indra Ové: “I’ve enjoyed getting older. Age has never worried me. Live in the moment!”

Indra Ové in rehearsals for Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One at Park90. Credit Helen Maybanks
Indra Ové in rehearsals for Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One at Park90. Credit Helen Maybanks

Indra Ové in rehearsals for Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One at Park90. Credit Helen Maybanks

Their PR asked if I’d like to have a chat with the cast of Buckland Theatre Company’s The Ugly One and I said ‘yes please, can I ask them all the same question?’ and before they had a chance to say no I did just that.
During the course of what follows you will hear various cast members talking about various things. Specifically: getting older, The Ugly One (obviously) and more.
‘FYI’ The Ugly One is a scalpel sharp comedy on beauty, identity and getting ahead in life. You will also bear witness to a question about Trump and Brexit’s impact on arts and culture. Oh and it runs at the Park Theatre until 24 June.
Anyway, here is what Indra had to say for herself.

Do you think everyone does have body confidence issues? Some people seem to have none at all, do they just not realise it?
Yes I think most Women in the West have body confidence issues. We’re made to. I think its part of a beauty conspiracy. Created by the press, by cosmetics firms and the drug industry. If people don’t have it they are very lucky. Men suffer much, much less than women. Though the pressure is effecting them too now.

Is it quite fun working at Park Theatre?
Yes enormous fun. It’s a great theatre and space. And I’m local so it’s pure joy for me!

What drew you to auditioning for The Ugly One?

The script!! I loved it from my first read. I love the way it’s written and I love the subject. It’s so important. And I really enjoy the mixture of tragedy and comedy. And the dynamic change of characters. I love my three Fannys. It’s great to go from playing someone my own age into someone aged 73! And I wanted the opportunity to work with Roy. We’d met a lot in the past year and I was keen to work with him. And since the Park has opened I’ve wanted to work here!!

Getting older is quite fun isn’t it: do you need time to pass so that you can look back with wisdom?
Yes I’ve enjoyed getting older. Age has never worried me. Experience and wisdom is a great and liberating thing. Live in the moment!

What can audiences expect from The Ugly One 10 years on since it was last seen?

A fascinating reflection of what’s happening in Western society today that I think is even more significant, relevant now than 10 years ago.

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How have the performances been going? Is it fun performing in an intimate space such as Park 90?

Performances have been great. Especially as we’ve had packed houses, and such responsive audiences. It’s great working in such an intimate space and being so up close and personal with the audience.

Can you describe your director (Roy) in 3 words?
Funny Brave Playful & Creative

Last question – easy one – Do any of you share the view that some take that Brexit and Trump are good for arts and culture?
No Brexit and Trump are incredibly dangerous for the arts!!