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. 

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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?

Hamlet.

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

11 Questions with the cast of See Me Now – Flynt

flyntFormer development executive Flynt (née Daniel Inglés, née Gabriel) was reborn in Paris in 2012 under the instruction of Madame Paula, a legendary Latina courtesan, following a slight misunderstanding near a towpath. After some time perfecting his craft amongst wealthy ladies around the continent, Flynt returned to his home town of London, where he had to relearn everything, because the English still don’t seem to know what they want. A bi-lingual, multi-instrumental, adventure-seeking polymath, Flynt lists his hobbies as mixing us the perfect pink gin, giving you foot rubs, and always remembering exactly where we left the car.

If you could only eat one ‘Penny Sweet’ for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably Jelly Beans. A least there’s variety.

What is one common misconception about the sex industry you would like to change?

There is nothing seedy or wrong about paying for sex, as long as your provider has made that decision for themselves. Though I appreciate that ‘decision’ in many contexts is a complicated issue, which is why these things need talking about, and not be buried under bizarre legislation or moral posturing.

What is one thing you would like people to know about sex work? 

It comes in more flavours than there are Jelly Beans. I didn’t appreciate that until I got to know my fellow cast members. We all appear to have found our respective niches and then worked the hell out of them for whatever reason, be that good or bad. But sex work does seem to be necessarily solitary. It sounds like a contradiction given the physical exchange of the job, but there you go. And yes, many of us care very much about our clients – the nice ones, anyway (so I guess that’s more than one thing).

Is this your first time working in theatre? What’s it been like?

I’ve worked in both television and publishing, but never theatre, which forces collaboration like no other. Your deadline is a live space, and the feedback from audiences is immediate, and unpredictable, and intoxicating.

Describe the See Me Now rehearsal room vibes in three words (or emojis).

“Shitload of doors” (You really need to see the show to understand this!)

What did you want to be growing up?

A writer, actor or director. Professionally speaking, I have accomplished the first two, and only one of those also involved having sex for money …

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

I’d cook! I love to cook and I never have time. My beautiful fiancee is from the Brazilian state of Bahia. She produces the most fantastic quick food with cheap ingredients and a pressure cooker. I need to get back in the kitchen.

What’s your favourite song and why?

It changes all the time, but in the show I play the blues piano for Dee, another cast member. She’s a pleasure to accompany, has a phenomenal voice, and her tune is really catchy. We all go home humming it.

What’s your favourite play or movie you’ve ever seen? 

Macbeth, Jaws, The Book of Mormon, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Big Leboswki .. a lot of the usual suspects. But I remember having dreams after seeing The Cherry Orchard  as directed by Sam Mendes with Simon Russell Beale in about 2009, that really affected me. I have a BA in English Lit but Chekov was a bit lost on me until then. My guiltiest pleasure is And Then There Were None  by Agatha Christi, which I saw as a fourteen year old boy somewhere in Ontario, Canada. It still amazes me that she could employ such broadly wooden characterisation and murder almost her entire cast in quite silly ways over ninety minutes or so, yet modern audiences, myself included, remain credulous and hypnotised. Theatre magic.

If you could have one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

Flight. But only while invisible.

Do you think you will want to continue being involved in theatre after this production?

Yes , at least with the Young Vic. It is a remarkable place to work, a worthwhile place to think, and has a fine bar in which to make friends and people-watch. Should it not happen, I will cherish the memory.

Flynt stars in See Me Now  which runs 11 Feb – 4 Mar in the Young Vic’s Maria. 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 See Me Now here

11 Questions with the cast of See Me Now – Ric London

I am a sex worker and comfortable with it. Some say this makes me an interesting person. Others are shocked by the number of friends and acquaintances that know what I do. Some even regard me as brave. I came to the UK longer than I want to remember, on my own, diving into the unknown. I had many jobs; most bad, some nasty, a few were OK, none well paid. I am good at most things men are not meant to do, my ability at it has given me more recognition than my intellect ever did, although I think the latter is better, and still want to be a rock star. All I aim is to achieve happiness because in the end that’s the only success that is worth such name.

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If you could only eat one ‘Penny Sweet’ for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I much prefer savoury.

What is one common misconception about the sex industry you would like to change?

That we are all forced into it and are disgusted by it.

What is one thing you would like people to know about sex work? 

That some of us enjoy it.

Is this your first time working in theatre? What’s it been like?

No, it has been great.

Descibe the See Me Now rehearsal room vibes in three words (or emojis).

Energy, synergy, fun.

What did you want to be growing up?

Film director or Rock star, and I still want to.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

I want to think I would write more, but probably I would waste them surfing the net or listening to nonsensical people.

What’s your favourite song and why?

‘Love me till I die’ (Prom night 1980). It’s the perfect piece of music. The lyrics are rubbish though. It’s groovy, uplifting and makes me feel good. Better than Prozac!

What’s your favourite play or movie you’ve ever seen?

Helsinki Napoli (an obscure German film from the 1908s). Law of Desire.

If you could have one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

Ruling other’s minds with mine.

Do you think you will want to continue being involved in theatre after this production?

Sure!!!

Ric London stars in See Me Now  which runs 11 Feb – 4 Mar in the Young Vic’s Maria. 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 See Me Now here

11 Questions with the Cast of Once in a Lifetime – John Marquez

John Marquez plays the beautifully naive George Lewis, who gets the chance of a lifetime (hey), to be the big shot on set. John describes George as ‘honest, loyal and cheerful’. Find out more below …

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John Marquez looking assuredly into the middle-distance as George. Photo by Johan Persson

Can you describe your character in Once in a Lifetime in three words?

Honest, cheerful, loyal

What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?

Wonderful as usual

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?

My kids (and biscuits)

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Chatting to Kevin and Harry

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

Sing your heart out for the lads

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Biscuits

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

My brother

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Brighton

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

We’d probably be made to work them for the same amount of money!

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

Sixties, must have been exciting

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

Super strength so I could do loads of pull ups at the gym

Once in a Lifetime closes this Saturday at the Young Vic. Don’t miss out on your last chance to see it, book now

 

11 Questions with the cast of Yerma – Maureen Beattie

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Maureen Beattie in Yerma. Photo by Johan Persson.

Maureen is currently staring in Yerma at the Young Vic. She plays Helen in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic. Here are her answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in Yerma  in three words?

A terrible mother.

What’s it been like working with Simon Stone?

Bliss.

How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Finishing off my make-up.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

Medea, in a version by Liz Lochhead after Euripides. I was Medea.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Fried egg sandwich.

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

I was always a show off! Also, my father was a variety artiste.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

The Island of Bute, in the Clyde Estuary.

Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

My darling brother, who has battled mental illness for decades and yet remains a kind and courteous man.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

I’m pretty happy with now.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

I’d like to be able to de-materialize and re-materialize anywhere in the world at will.

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11 Questions with the cast of Yerma – Charlotte Randle

Charlotte Randle (Mary) in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

Charlotte Randle as Mary in Yerma. Photo by Johan Persson.

 

Charlotte is currently playing Mary in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic, Yerma. Here are her answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in Yerma  in three words?

Daughter. Sister. Mother.

What’s it been like working with Simon Stone?

Joyful.

How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

Unprecedented. Minimal. Relaxed and fairly bar based!

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Phoning my son.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

King Lear. I studied it for A levels, have seen 10 productions and was in it here with Pete Postlethwaite.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Taramasalata scooped up with ready salted Hula-Hoops, from the corner shop on the way home.

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

My parents taking me as a kid.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

London.

Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

All the doctors, nurses and volunteers doing humanitarian work in war zones and the refugee camps. I would say thank you.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

I think I’d have enjoyed the 1920’s quite a lot! If I had money…

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

The ability to go back in time and change the outcome of the Brexit referendum!

 

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11 Questions with the cast of Yerma – Thalissa Teixeira

Thalissa Teixeira (Des) in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

Thalissa Teixeira as Des in Yerma. Photo by Johan Persson.

Thalissa is currently staring in Yerma at the Young Vic. She plays Des in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic. Here are her answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in Yerma  in three words?

Plenty.Of.Time

What’s it been like working with Simon Stone?

What work?

How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

It never felt like a rehearsal. 4 weeks went by and suddenly we had a play.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Looking for a baby to play with.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

Pomona at the Royal Welsh College/The Gate. It was initially written for our year before getting published and transferred.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

I’m usually asleep by then. And if not, I’m awake till 4 – which means a full on donna dinner. (Lamb, obviously)

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

All things. Even the things I hate. But mostly the things I don’t understand.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Whenever all my mates are at that time. Hopefully on a beach.

Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

The 20 plus land activists whom have been killed in Brazil so far this year due to conflicts over logging and agribusiness. I would thank them for their work and say I hope one day minds change.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

Ancient Egypt – for the architecture.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

To speak every language in the world. Or to be able to be in two places  at once … speaking different languages.

 

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