Our run has blasted on to Ovalhouse’s South London stage with passion, honesty and fun filled audiences who have shared with us as much as we with them. I’ve been forced to perfect the great art of laying low, my day times are pretty much horizontal in prep for our performance.
We’ve had wonderful feedback so far (4* The Guardian!) and it’s been incredibly special to be able to talk with our audiences afterwards during our second half, becoming active listeners, no longer performers.
It is not always the case that actors are invited to participate and collaborate in projects that are entirely in line with issues that are so meaningful for them. This project is one such for me. It has stimulated very interesting, free and curious conversations with all my family, it’s broken down a lot of stigma and silence cloying on to our ideas of female sexuality, shame free sensuality and the importance of living a life led by joy and passion rather than fear and a craving for external approval.
If the adrenaline of performing the fiercest, most hilarious and physical role I’ve had to date (Clitoris / Appetite) wasn’t enough, I’ve also just received a nomination for an Offie, from OffWestEnd.com for Best Female In A Supporting Role in a Play for this show. I’ve never been nominated for an award to date - unless you count Most Likely To Play Parts Audible Only To Dogs (Drama School) or Least Likely To Work in Radio (High School). It is a delicious feeling. And it wouldn’t be happening if the All About You team, writer/actor Bella Heesom and Dramaturg/Director Donnacadh O’Briain hadn’t taken a punt on this five foot something Sardinian-Brit three years ago when I was in their first show as an anarchic piano playing assistant.
Week two has now begun in earnest. Only a few days remain of this bonkers, bold and beautiful play. Catch it while you can here! x