Your name: Leonie Thompson
You are playing: Susanna Hall (née Shakespeare)
Sum up your character in a tweet
A strong woman: mother, daughter, wife & lover. She is intelligent & manipulative; passionate & loving; shrewd & determined.
How similar are you to your character?
Very similar in some ways but hugely different in others.
What’s been the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Learning my lines.
What do you enjoy about acting?
The escapism from everyday life and the challenge of becoming another character. I also really enjoy the teamwork involved in putting on a production, working with some great people and knowing that I am continually learning and, hopefully, improving.
What’s your favourite part that you’ve ever played?
Well, this is only my third part since acting at school (a long time ago!) but I did enjoy playing the part of Angela in Abigail’s Party – that was great fun!
What’s your dream role?
Any part acting opposite George Clooney!
How have you found being part of the Open Stages project?
It has been an amazing experience! The weekend of workshops in September was an incredible learning experience and it was a privilege to be directed by James Farrell from the RSC in a recent rehearsal…particularly as he was so constructive and positive.
Why should people come and see The Herbal Bed?
I think that this production is totally unique. Colette has shared the knowledge she has gained from the Open Stages project in her direction of this play and the cast have all worked exceptionally hard to ensure that we will all give our very best performances. Acting outside and in St Lawrence Church will add other challenges and very interesting dimensions to the play and the involvement of the community contributes to the innovative nature of this production. I think that people will really enjoy the whole experience!
You can see Leonie – and the rest of the cast – in The Herbal Bed from 21-25 April in the grounds of St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley (covered seating provided), as well as inside the church.
To book online, go to www.abbotslangleyplayers.ticketsource.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0844 804 5354.
In addition, on Saturday 25 April from 2pm to 4pm, ALP are holding a “community showcase” for local groups and societies to present themselves to our community – please come along and see what our village has to offer. If you’d like to take part in the community showcase, email firstname.lastname@example.org.