The actress spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about starring in the world premiere production of Alexis Zegerman’s Holy Shit at the Kiln Theatre from 5 September to 6 October 2018.
Thanks so much for talking to me – could you explain a bit more about what Holy Shit is about?
It’s about two couples, a mixed race couple and a Jewish couple who both have daughters the same age, and the play starts with the announcement that the Jewish couple is going to start regularly attending church in order to get their daughter into the best local school.
What was it about the story that made you want to be involved with the production?
Alexis has written such a dark and funny and thought-provoking play; a lot of messy behaviour with dramatic consequences. But it also has so many themes that will resonate with people: race, religion, parenting (the extent that people are willing to go to for their children) friendship.
How would you describe your character Simone?
She’s bright, funny, loud, opinionated, ambitious and not afraid to speak her mind. What I love about her, and about all the characters in the play, is that she’s flawed and human. She’s a terrible listener, she has a fiery temperament and a tempestuous relationship with her husband, and her determination to get her daughter into the top local school becomes obsessive, to the detriment of all the relationships around her.
What do you think audiences will take away from Holy Shit?
This is a story for anyone with a friend, a child, a partner, a belief, aspirations or a sense of humour. They will laugh, gasp and go home and question everything.
What are you most looking forward to about performing the show for audiences? Firstly I’m thrilled to be working with Indhu for the first time; it’s one of those rehearsal rooms that you never want to leave, so a part of me never wants to stop working on it; but as opening night draws nearer, I’m so excited to be part of the first season of Kiln Theatre in the shiny new auditorium and I can’t wait to hear the audiences reaction to the piece and the theatre itself.
How would you describe the show in three words? Hilarious, shocking, human.