11 Questions with the cast of The Bear / The Proposal – Rebecca Root

You may recognise her from Trans Scripts, The Danish Girl or Boy Meets Girl  amongst other things … It’s Rebecca Root’s 11 Questions on eating gin (eating?) and more below. 


Rebecca Root 

1) Describe your stage presence in three emojis or words?

Spirited, unexpected, present.

2) What’s it been like working on a Young Vic Genesis show?

Hard work, exhilarating, enervating, joyful.

3) What is one thing you would like people to know about the gender-fierce*/gender queer community? 

We’re just like you.

4) What are you usually doing 10 minutes before a show begins?

Doing final checks (props, make up etc); running through a scene in my head; reciting Shakespeare’s 29th Sonnet as a personal talisman.

5) What is your favourite part of the rehearsal process?

Coming off book for the first time. Like riding a bike without stabilisers.

6) What did you want to be growing up?

A female actor.

7) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Gin. Wait, does that count? Sunday roast if not. Chicken, trimmings, the lot. And gin.

8) What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

Doing the school nativity play when I was 4.

9) What’s your favourite play you’ve seen, read or worked on?


10) If you could be a superhero who would it be and why?

Wonder Woman. Because of the pants.

11) Would you rather have the hiccups for the rest of your life, or always feel like you have to sneeze but not be able to?

Sneeze. There’s so much drama in the anticipation.

Rebecca stars in The Bear / The Proposal   which runs 15 – 25 Mar in the Young Vic’s Clare. Tickets for this production are all sold out but you are welcome to join our returns queues from an hour before each performance. Find more information on The Bear / The Proposal here

The Bear | The Proposal – Cast Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the casting for Genesis Future Directors Award winner Lucy J Skilbeck’s The Bear | The Proposal, written by Anton Chekhov and translated by Michael Frayn.  The cast includes George Ikediashi, Kamari Romeo and Rebecca Root. Get to know the cast of this stirring new production below. 

The Bear | The Proposal runs at the Young Vic 16 – 25 March. Tickets for The Bear | The Proposal are sold out, but you’re welcome to join the returns queue from 7pm for evening shows and 3pm for matinees.


George Ikediashi 
Returns to the Young Vic after performing in Tobias and the Angel in 2006.
Theatre credits include: Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air), Peter Pan (Theatre Lighthouse), Hair (OId Market), Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage Aux Folles (Theatre Royal Brighton).Opera Credits include: Imago (Glynderbourne), Varjak Paw (Royal Opera House) and La Traviata (Barn Theatre).kamari-small-headshots-kamari22907-2016

Kamari Romeo
Theatre credits include: Whisper Me Happy Ever After (Face Front Theatre Company), At The Feet of Jesus (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Elemental (Bush Theatre), Sequin Deep (Theatre N16), The Jungle Book (Emporium Brighton) and Alice in Wonderland (The Minack Theatre).

rebecca-rootRebecca Root
Theatre includes:  Trans Scripts (Pleasance Courtyard and American Repertory Theatre), Tartuffe (Pentameters Theatre). Film includes: The Danish Girl. Television includes: Boy Meets Girl, Hank Zipzer, Doctors, Celebrity Mastermind, Hollyoaks and Midsomer Murders. Short films include: Eddie/Elise and Sis.



Established by John Studzinski 15 years ago, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.

In addition it awards scholarships to exceptional student actors at LAMDA and commissions stimulating new works, from choral compositions to light installations.

In 2015 the Genesis Foundation launched its first partnership outside the UK, funding residencies for playwrights at New York’s Signature Theatre.

Lucy J Skilbeck is the eighth  recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award, following Ola Ince (2016), Bryony Shanahan (2016), Rikki Henry (2015), Finn Beames (2014), Tinuke Craig (2014), Matthew Xia (2013) and Ben Kidd (2012).

The Bear The Proposal  directed by Lucy J Skilbeck runs 15 – 25 March in the Young Vic’s Claire.