Nadine Higgin stars as Alma in the forthcoming production of Yellowman, which opens at the Orange Tree Theatre next month. I spoke with Nadine to find out more about her latest play.
How did you get into theatre?
I grew up going to the theatre a lot. My mum used to go all the time and took me as her date. It was our thing. As I got older, I started saving and spending my own money on shows I was interested in. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to act, especially in theatre and that has never changed. I am so grateful that child me got to live her dreams.
Can you tell me about Yellowman?
Yellowman is a beautiful play. A journey of true love that is trying to exist in its truth whilst navigating the harsh reality of life.
What was it about the production that made you want to get involved?
As soon as I read the play I knew, I KNEW, I had to be involved. Honestly, because it scared me. It still scares me. Telling a story like this, steeped in so much history and also being able to acknowledge how similar myself and Alma are, there is something about it that makes me feel so raw and vulnerable and that is scary. I also really wanted to work with Diane Page and have done now for about a year.
How would you describe your character?
Alma is an absolute hero. She has grown up in South Carolina in the 1960s, a time where as a dark skinned woman, unworthiness has been passed down generationally, and that is the constant dialogue she hears from her own mother.
Alma is a fearless, hungry and driven young woman, who has always known she is destined for more than what her small town in South Carolina offers.
How have rehearsals been going?
Rehearsals are going so well, the space feels so safe every time I enter into it which when dealing with what is at times confronting material, the safety within the space is so important. We spent the whole of the first week just reading and interrogating every inch of the text, so we are already working on such a strong foundation.
What can audiences expect?
I think audiences can expect the unexpected. This play is a true journey and audiences, if open and accepting, will feel many things whilst taken on this journey. At its core, the piece is about love… how it can change and shape you, forever.
Yellowman is playing at the Orange Tree Theatre from 5 September – 8 October.
Photo credit: Ali Wright
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