One of the hardest yet most rewarding experiences as an Actor for me was playing the lead in Angie Le Mar’s play ‘Do you know where your daughter is?’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010.
The shows were different everyday and the feedback from the audience members was so valuable, hearing their stories and reflections reminded me daily why performing the piece was so important. The routine was crazy though, morning read-through and feedback, 25 minute walk up the hilly streets of Edinburgh, (me usually dragging my mini case), flyering before the show on the way to the centre of the Festival. 15 minutes to get in the space, do vocal and physical warm up, (vocal was often done on the way to the venue… making me look and sound like a certified loony!) set props and costumes, get into character… PERFORM… pack up props, costume and get out! I lost count of the amount of times I forgot things backstage, the next show was a children’s show which made finding it afterwards just that more FUN, wading through mini theatre-goers.
We had audience members from all over the world, newspaper critics, actors, producers and even a movie star! Angie Le Mar and Frank Sweeney worked so hard to make it a reality, once we finally got there I couldn’t quite believe it!
It was great to see my name mentioned in the reviews and seeing my face on posters dotted around the city was so weird. I met some great people and Angie made us such yummy dinners I never imagined we would get to Edinburgh when we first started at the Hackney Empire in 2006 and so proud of the team that made everything happen for us, despite many setbacks.
P.S. As well as the experience and great CV boost, walking those Edinburgh streets also made me fitter and gave me a lovely tan lol