I’d never been to the Young Vic to see a show before, so obviously when my mate asked me if I wanted a comp ticket, I said yes immediately and was super excited to see Juliet Stevenson perform because I knew she had been spoken of so highly.
Honestly, I didn’t know what the context of the play was when I started watching it and I hadn’t really read the play before either. So, as the play revealed itself, I was open and slowly started to piece it all together, forming my own opinions on what was going on.
Juliet Stevenson (Emily) plays a woman who’s suffered from a stroke and is in recovery at a hospital. During the play you witness her struggling to determine what is real and who she is. She fades in and out of a dream like state where she tries to put the pieces of her life back together: trying to re-discover her voice and her past.
Throughout the play, the set, lighting and motion of flight used really helped set the scenes. I felt like I was in and out of Emily’s psyche, dealing with her trauma.
After watching this play, it made me think about acting and actors.
When I was a lot younger I used to think that being a successful actor meant you had to be young, beautiful, rich and famous in movies. But to be honest, the more time I dedicate immersing myself into this craft; watching movies, going to the theatre, reading and writing. I realise there are so many great parts out there, people are writing for all kinds of people nowadays and the opportunities are truly endless.
Now, I believe that being a successful actor isn’t determined by age, look or how much money you have. Instead I believe focus, hard work, nurturing your imagination, learning your craft and taking part in opportunities that will satisfy your desire to perform are more important factors. You never know what’s around the corner. You can be a successful actor by creating something that has meaning to both you and others.
In conclusion, if you haven’t …go watch this play!