11 Questions with the cast of 1927’s Golem – Esme Appleton

Esme Appleton in 1927’s Golem at the Young Vic.

Esme Appleton in 1927’s Golem at the Young Vic. Photo by Bernhard Müller.

Esme Appleton can be seen on stage at the Young Vic until 31 Jan. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Golem in three words?
Annie- bookish, cynical, punk.
Jenny- loyal, easily amused.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Finishing off a banana then wandering around back stage, checking props/costumes and getting used to being in the space.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Hard to say.. favourite artists are Daniel Kitson and Little Bulb.

What is your favourite word?
This week- maligned.

What are you most passionate about?
Food, films and my loved ones…eating food and watching films with my loved ones.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Read, and at the moment.. I’d do my taxes.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
We managed to grab a few days at the end of a tour and went on a trek in New Zealand.. 1927 aren’t natural trekkers: we were ridiculously unprepared, with hardly any food but bottles and bottles of wine (which Barritt dutifully carried).

Favourite city and why?
London : the culture and history. Don’t love the house prices, glass buildings, chain stores.. or lack of appreciation of it’s history! Second favourite.. Glasgow.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
1600s- I’d have loved to have London and London Bridge before the fire.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
When a person dropped litter I would have a special power which would transport the litter into their bed and it would remain there forever.

Golem is at Trafalgar Studios in the West End until 22 May. For tickets, click here.

11 Questions with the cast of 1927’s Golem – Lillian Henley

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Lillian Henley (right) as Jenny no.2 in Golem.

Lillian Henley can be seen on stage in Golem at Trafalgar Studios. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your characters in Golem in three words?
Pissy Pants Penny: Devoted, shy and awkward
Jenny no.2 (looks like Jenny no.1): Deadpan, adenoidal and sweaty
French Wife Accordionist: Unloved, aged and unbothered

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
I’d probably be very relaxed chopping up a lemon in the downstairs kitchen for my water bottle. Or I’m having a little giggle in the dressing room, before I start lunging and finishing off my vocal warm up with a few oos and arhs.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Cigarettes & Chocolate is a radio play by Anthony Minghella and for a long time this was my favourite. I centred my degree dissertation around Minghella’s ideas in the play and it led me onto Samuel Beckett’s work. Both playwrights taught me about space, timing and musicality in the spoken word. By the time I had met Suzanne Andrade a few years later I couldn’t believe my luck; a chance to compose my own music to her witty rhythmical poetic writing. It was a dream.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
That would be a sneaky piece of cheese, a couple of grapes, sometimes topped some chilli jam on crackers. Dangerously good.

What are you most passionate about?
Fairness. Silliness. Kindness. Humour in the mundane. The Future. Art. (“…I like the Arts”)

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
All those things you mean to do, but never quite get round to do, like a spot of sewing, or an outlandish cooking whim. But knowing me, I’d probably enjoy the extra hours daydreaming it all away.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
I think I’d like to be sat playing my grandparents piano and to just sit there, tinkling all day long with either Angelo Badalamenti or Eric Satie giving me a masterclass in what they do best.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
1927 went on a hike to the Able Tasman Natural Park, New Zealand. The boat trip from Wellington to Nelson, was absolutely stunning, complimented by a soundtrack of sheep who were also travelling on the boat. Our hike took I think three or four days, and involved camping next to the beach with wild possums. Our backpacks were full with an uneven ratio of red wine to food, meaning we were rationing our meals to half an avocado sandwich each a day, with only an almond, and a piece of crystalized ginger to get us over the mountains. It was an absolute hoot.

Favourite city and why?
London because its home and constantly surprising. Melbourne is alluring for all its creative talent and Newcastle Upon Tyne is like an old friend with a beautiful accent.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The 10s or 20s with Isadora Duncan and Anna Mae Wong, because of the wealth of creativity in film, but I think the feminist in me would actually hate all its inequalities. Perhaps the best era is yet to come, so long as I can wear still wear 1950s/60s inspired clothing.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To be able to speak all the languages of this world, because I’m a terrible linguist… I am trying to learn French but its going badly. I suppose, can I say I’d like to speak any language in this universe. I’d befriend a space traveller so we could make the most of our supernatural powers, that space traveller might really need me.

Golem is at Trafalgar Studios in the West End until 22 May. For tickets, click here.

11 Questions with the cast of 1927’s Golem – Shamira Turner

1927's Golem at the Young Vic

Shamira Turner as Robert Robertson in 1927’s Golem at the Young Vic. Photo by Bernhard Müller.

Shamira Turner can be seen on stage at the Young Vic until 31 Jan. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Golem in three words?
Awkward, unassuming, impressionable.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Pacing around having mini sips of water and listening to the audience coming in.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Mission Drift by the TEAM – crackling with spirit, live music and possibility.

What is your favourite word?
Bombastic. It’s totally underused – by me included.

What are you most passionate about?
Equality. Storytelling. And dogs.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Books. No, scrap that: Dogs. It’d be madness!

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
My Melbournian boyfriend and I did a road trip along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. Heaps of beautiful beaches, big walks and shy wildlife.

Favourite city and why?
London. The constant variety.

What is your favourite song?
Nina Simone singing Feeling Good.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
I’d have been battling it out in one of the few all-female jazz and swing bands in the 1930s.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
It’s embarrassingly sensible and selfish, but I would want an invincible immune system – so I never again had a sick-day or the slightest sniffle…

Golem is at Trafalgar Studios in the West End until 22 May. For tickets, click here.

2014 Season announced

Today we unveiled our new brand new 2014 Season at the Young Vic and we’re really excited about it.


23 Jan – 22 Feb 2014
Kicking things off will be Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days directed by Natalie Abrahami. Olivier award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson will take on the role of Winnie, alongside David Beames.

A Doll's House
4 Apr – 24 May 2014
Following that, Ivo van Hove makes his UK debut following huge success in Europe and beyond, as he directs one of Arthur Miller’s greatest plays, A View from the Bridge.


20 Jun – 12 Jul 2014
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne join forces once again as they return to the Young Vic following their international hit The Suit last year; this season they direct brand new play The Valley of Astonishment.


Summer 2014 
In Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, star of stage and screen Gillian Anderson returns to London to play the notorious Blanche DuBois, while Critics’ Circle award-winner Benedict Andrews directs.


10 Oct – 29 Nov 2014
A new version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by Simon Stephens will be directed by Katie Mitchell as she makes her much anticipated return to the Young Vic.

A Doll's House
9 Dec 2014 – 17 Jan 2015
Inventive theatre company 1927’s new show Golem is set to blend original animation with live performance in an exploration of what happens when mankind and machines become inextricably intertwined.

A Doll's House
We are also thrilled to announce that following smash-hit runs at the Young Vic and the West End, Carrie Cracknell’s sensational A Doll’s House will be making its way to New York’s BAM in early 2014.

And there’s news on our current season too…

The Scottsboro Boys=
18 Oct – 21 Dec 2013
As well as all of this excitement set for 2014, today we announced that due to phenomenal demand for tickets even before it’s opened, 12-time Tony Award nominated The Scottsboro Boys has been extended at the Young Vic until 21 December.


4 – 21 Dec 2013
Fancy an alternative Christmas show this festive season? Inspired by the real-life love story between Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, Improbable’s Phelim McDermott directs a radically remixed and adult-only version of classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

Young Vic Friends get priority booking, so if you can’t wait and want to book your tickets for our brilliant new season now then become a Friend today from just £35. As a Friend you’ll get other exclusive discounts and benefits on top of priority booking too. If you want to find out more, call 020 7922 2922 or click here.

Public booking for our new season opens on Monday 7 October at 10am.