We grabbed Emily Rae, who’s playing Alice in our upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland at the Battersea Library, and fired some quick questions at her…
What are you most looking forward to about Alice in Wonderland?
I am most looking forward to moulding a pre-existing show into a new space! Having recently visited the Library, I can tell it’s going to be a lot of fun for the cast, crew and audience alike!
What’s your favourite scene or character in ‘Alice in Wonderland’?
My favourite scene is when Alice goes into Wonderland, it’s magical! My favourite characters are Tweedledee & Tweedledum because they are ridiculously silly!
What was the last project you worked on?
The last project I worked on was ‘Staying Alive’, a play written by Kat Roberts who won the Blackshaw New Writing Award. This work was showcased at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington and it was an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience.
What’s the last book you read?
A book called ‘The Night Circus’ by Eric Morgenstern. I’m still reading it actually and have been since last November because I get too busy! It’s brilliant though, I might go read it right now!
Besides Alice, what’s your favourite past role (or favourite past project you’ve worked on) and why?
All three roles I played in ‘Staying Alive’ are very special to me because they were my first grown up professional roles since graduating from Drama School. I’ve loved every project I’ve done for different reasons, but playing Cecily Cardew in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at University was a great experience because I felt so suited to the role and it probably wasn’t until then that I realised I wanted to pursue a career in acting.
What’s the best play/show/concert you’ve ever been to?
Why, when you’re asked that, do you feel like you’ve NEVER seen a thing in your life?! *thinks really hard* Birdland, Warhorse, The Nether, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (the list goes on!) Once, Spring Awakening, ‘OVO’ – the show that was on when the O2 was the Millennium Dome (Did anyone else see that?! I was awe struck!) I went to see The Eels at The Royal Albert Hall with Andrew, Blackshaw’s resident all round good egg tech guy (yes that’s his official title) and it was pretty magic.
Not a lot of people know that…
I’ll get back to you on that one, I think I’m one of those annoying people who’ll tell you far more than you will ever need to know about a person (as demonstrated in previous answers!)
What’s your guilty pleasure?
High School Musical. There, I said it.
What really grinds your gears?
Finishing a packet of Malteasers before you have mentally prepared yourself for the last one and the moment of devastation when you realise they are all gone.
You can see Emily perform the role of ‘Alice’ in Alice in Wonderland at the Battersea Library 2-16th May 2015 – more details and buy tickets here.