With Julius Caesar now in previews, we’ve been interviewing the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh.
Here we get to know Alice, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.
BOVTS: Grace in Sex With A Stranger (Directors’ Cuts, Wardrobe Theatre); Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Duckling Smith/ Meg Long/ Rev. Johnson in Our Country’s Good, Nora in A Doll’s House, Titania/ Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ensemble in Love and Information, Marge Murray/DJ Shadow/Trish Stiger in The Laramie Project, Hannah in Days of Significance, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Teasel in The School For Scandal, Helen in The Vortex. Pre BOVTS: Ellie in The Electra Project (Edinburgh Fringe); Dee Morden in BBC Casualty, Carol in No Kaddish and Camarthen (Warp Films).
Where are you from and how did you get into acting?
I am from Brighton! I would always jump at the chance to be in the school plays and I was very lucky to go to a school that had a great drama department. I also used to attend a part time theatre school on the weekends called The Theatre Workshop. They were so passionate about nurturing talent and It was fantastic. I was there from the age of 13 up until the age of 18 when I auditioned for drama schools. It started as a fun hobby but then grew into a love that I knew I couldn’t do anything else. Now I’m at the Bristol Old Vic woo!
Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role?
I’m playing Lucia, Cinna The Poet and the Cobbler. When having multiple roles you have to make sure each character is a different individual and believable which can be tough. The verse is always a challenge, but having trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and being guided by Simon, Julian and Lynne during this process we have all learnt so much and tackled it together.
What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
100% the people. Having shared a very unique experience with such a great group of friends who are all so supportive and incredibly talent is absolutely amazing. Each person has their own special journey throughout training and it’s such an exciting process of discovering, exploring and having fun!
What’s the best thing about working with Julian Glover, Lynn Farleigh, and John Hartoch?
They are so knowledgeable, caring and such fun to be around. I keep trying to soak up all their little gems of advice and the fact they are willing to share this with us and help us throughout the process is incredible. We are very lucky indeed.
How does it feel to be taking Bristol Old Vic’s stage in your graduating show?
SCARY! But I feel so lucky. This is such a great opportunity at such a beautiful theatre. What a way to end the last three years!
This June we reunite with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present Shakespeare’s riveting political drama Julius Caesar. For more info and to book tickets, click here.