Exclusive interview with the cast! (Well, one of them…)

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

We spoke to Emma Carter, playing Lady Macduff amongst other roles, about her experiences in Edinburgh and her feelings about the tour.  Here’s what she had to say…

You’ve recently come back from Edinburgh, was it your first time there?

It was for me, and it far surpassed my expectations.  I hadn’t really been aware of the scale of the festival and had no idea that the quality of some of the work would be so high.  Acts from all around the world come to showcase their talents there, and I am really glad I was part of it!

Did you have a good time?

A great time was had by all I think, loads of great things to see and some beautiful places to go. It is a unique experience – sometimes it can feel totally detached from reality: you are there performing, networking and socialising non-stop, and you can forget that there is life outside/beyond Edinburgh!

For the people who don’t know, how long were you there for and how many performances did you have to do in this time?

We were there for the whole festival and we performed everyday (except one).

Were there any embarrassing moments while you were on stage?

Ask Matt to tell you about the falling off the stage… and dropping his axe in the battle…. (unfortunately Matt was unavailable for comment!)

And how about off stage?  Any embarrassing moments you’re prepared to tell the blog?

Karaoke was pretty embarrassing…

Now the tour’s about to start, how are you feeling about it?

I’m quite excited (this is my first major tour since graduating from Arts Ed 2 years ago and so it’s a pretty big deal for me…) but also a little apprehensive (7 months is a long time to be away from friends and loved ones, but it is an aspect of the job that cannot be avoided!)

Which city are you most excited about visiting?

I’m excited about Dublin, because Ireland is such a beautiful place, but I am also looking forward to the performances near London, because my friends will be able to see the show!

Do any of the cast have bad habits that will make it awkward on tour?

I’m not going to tell tales! I am a clean freak (and most likely to winge about the washing up or dirty loo) if that counts?!

You’ll be doing the education workshops for the first time this year, are you looking forward to them?

I am looking forward to being part of something that might just inspire young people.  Hopefully they will see the show and take part in the workshop and be inspired to read more Shakespeare, go to the theatre more, or even become theatre makers themselves in the future!

Thanks Emma – hope the tour is going well!

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