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.

Three wins for A View from the Bridge and Golem at the Critics’ Circle Awards

A View from the Bridge has won two Critics Circle Theatre Awards at this year’s ceremony. Ivo van Hove has picked up the award for Best Director and Mark Strong has won Best Actor.

The show sold out before it even opened at the Young Vic last year, and we’re thrilled the show has been recognised just two weeks before the much-anticipated West End transfer opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic. Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Ivo van Hove’s production was named Best London Show of 2014 by the Evening Standard, it topped the Independent’s Best Theatre of the year list and bagged the number one spot in the Guardian’s top theatre of 2014.

As well as A View from the Bridge, our co-production with 1927 has also been recognised at today’s ceremony, with Golem’s Paul Barritt picking up the award for Best Design, joint with Es Devlin.

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1927’s Golem at the Young Vic. Photo by Bernhard Muller.

Following three Critics’ Circle Award wins in 2013, for A Doll’s House, Wild Swans and Three Sistersplus Best Musical for The Scottsboro Boys in 2014 – the YV has once again taken home three awards this year.

Don’t miss your chance to catch A View from the Bridge in the West End as it returns for limited run of just 8 weeks from 10 Feb. To book, visit youngvic.org or call our Box Office on 020 7922 2922. And don’t forget NT Live will broadcast the production live to cinemas around the world on 26 March, find out more about venues and cinema tickets here.

More tickets available for every performance of A View from the Bridge through Delfont Mackintosh – click here to book or call 0844 4825138.

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.

11 Questions with the cast of 1927’s Golem – Rose Robinson

Rose Robinson in 1927’s Golem at the Young Vic. Photo by Bernhard Müller.

Rose Robinson in 1927’s Golem at the Young Vic. Photo by Bernhard Müller.

Rose Robinson 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?
Joy: enthusiastic, innocent, baritone
Gran: matriarchal, mischievous, warm

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
I’m generally having some sweets. Marshmallows were the fave for a while but now I’m on Tangfastics.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
The Chairs by Ionesco. I was in it with one of my best friends at university, playing a 95 year old couple whose home gets overrun with invisible guests.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
It’s a sort of controversial omelette called a Sportsbrek, involving oats, eggs, spring onions, cherry toms and chorizo…oh and peas.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
I’m a great faffer, so I’d probably do lots more faffing, have a couple more Sportsbreks, and watch a spot of Community. In an ideal world, I’d walk a dog on a heath.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
California with my family aged 10. I nearly stood on a rattlesnake, we slept in a van and went on a Jaws ride, which remains the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced.

Favourite city and why?
Tokyo, because everyone was incredibly kind, the food was off the charts, and I felt like Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation.

What is your favourite song?
The Lamb by Taverner

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Victorian. I love the mix of pickpockets, filthy coffee houses and music halls.

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

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 – Will Close

Will Close in Golem at the Young Vic. Photo by Bernhard Müller.

Will Close in 1927’s Golem at the Young Vic. Photo by Bernhard Müller.

Will Close can be seen on stage at the Young Vic until 31 Jan. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your characters in Golem in three words?
Eccentric, Impressionable, Thwarted

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Unsuccessfully attempting a crossword whilst listening to Morrissey.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Journey’s End by R.C Sherriff. I think Stanhope is one of the most perfectly drawn characters I’ve ever read.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Fish Finger sandwich. Little bit of mayo, pack of Hula Hoops on the side.

What are you most passionate about?
Idlewild, Everton, The Smiths, fantasy literature (monsters in general), and good food.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Write. And tell myself that I should probably do some exercise, though probably not get round to it.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
California road trip with some old friends back in the university years. Played a lot of cards, drank a lot of beer, didn’t wash often.

What is your favourite song?
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Medieval. Would give me a slim chance to live my Dungeons & Dragons fantasies with a real sword and shield. Although I’m chronically shortsighted so I would probably have spent most of my time just looking for battles rather than taking part.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Laser eyes like Cyclops from X-Men. Cyclops was always the coolest X-Man in my opinion. Wolverine gets too much attention. It’ll go to his head.

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

5 Stars for 1927’s Golem at the Young Vic

The reviews are in for 1927’s Golem. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

★★★★★
“Groundbreaking with strokes of genius”
Daily Telegraph – read the full review here.

★★★★★
“Delightful and deliciously sly”
Financial Times – read the full review here

★★★★★
“Funny, unsettling and unforgettable”
The Times – read the full review here

★★★★★
“Unlike anything you will have experienced before – 1927 is officially the sexiest theatre company in town”
Evening Standard – read the full review here

★★★★★
“It’s Kafka meets Little Shop of Horrors”
WhatsOnStage – read the full review here

★★★★★
“Brilliant and endlessly inventive”
The Arts Desk – read the full review here

★★★★
“A cracked, exaggerated, funhouse mirror reflection of our world that you could stare into for days”
Time Out – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Dazzlingly synchronised”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Golem is the most original production in London”
Sunday Express – read the full review here.

★★★★
“The ingenious 1927 mingle live performance, animation and film to disconcerting effect”
The Observer – read the full review here.

Golem runs at the Young Vic until 31 January. Book now.