Lucy Williamson, currently starring in The Fix at the Union Theatre until 6 August 2016, has an impressive list of credits to her name, musical theatre is certainly a genre which comes easily to her and I remember her appearance in Fame back in the 1990s. Taking on the role of Violet Chandler in The Fix has been a challenge for her, but it’s one she’s embraced and it’s led her to a nomination for an Offie award. I caught up with Lucy while she was metamorphosing into the musical’s determined widow!
Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Lucy. Tell me all about The Fix and your character.
The Fix is a musical written by John Dempsey and Dana P Rowe, Cameron Mackintosh has the rights. It was originally performed at the Donmar Warehouse in 1997, Sam Mendes directed it and John Barrowman starred in it. I think it was possibly the wrong time for it, it was ahead of its time. I know Michael Strassen, who directs this one, did The Fix a couple of years ago at the Union Theatre and again very successfully, but I think the timing this time around is just brilliant for it. It’s a dark humoured political romp, with a few twists and turns that you don’t expect.
I play the part of Violet Chandler, who is the mother of Calvin Chandler, who is pushed into the spotlight aganist his will to be the next President of the United States after Violet’s husband is found in a compromising situation.
Was Violet a role that you had previously considered playing?
I didn’t get to see it when Michael Strassen did it previously. I was doing something else at the time, he’d approached me and I couldn’t do it. When he was doing it this time, I was very excited that he asked me to do it and I didn’t know anything about the show or the character. I didn’t want to watch anybody else do it, I preferred to put my own take on it. As soon as I realised what a great showcase of a role it was, which wasn’t until we opened and I realised how tired I am(!), obviously I know it’s a dream role and one that I am grateful for.
What’s your favourite moment in the show?
I like the number Harvard because I have to stay so insular throughout the show and that’s the one moment I’m let out of my cage. It’s a nice moment for the audience, too because it brings light relief. It gives them the opportunity to enjoy another element of the show rather than the general darkness that’s ensuing. I do also love the lift scene, it’s one of my favourite scenes because I can be bitchy but in a humourous way.
Lucy as Violet in The Fix, with co-star Ken Christiansen. Photo credit: Darren Bell.
What are your dream roles?
On stage: Mama Rose, Mrs Lovett, Grizabella, Norma Desmond and I would love to play Violet in The Fix on a West End stage. On television or film, it would have to be a period drama. Something by Jane Austen or a programme like Downton Abbey. I would love the opportunity to do that.
Who inspires you as a performer?
As an actress, Dame Judi Dench, personally, I would choose Michael Strassen as he is genuinely the most inspiring Director I have ever worked with. He pulls things our od me that I didn’t know were there. I’m inspired by everything around me and always striving to learn my craft.
Finally, what would you say to encourge potential audience members to buy a ticket and come to watch The Fix?
Fra Fee gets his chest out! Kate Parr who plays Deborah and is in the ensemble comes on in a pair of suspenders , pants and a bra. If you’re looking for something for the weekend, Bob’s your Uncle!
I’d to like to thank Lucy for her time, a fantastic lady to interview and I have my fingers crossed for that Offie!
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