‘I think it’s a really beautifully subtle play’: Olivia Rose Smith on her role in The Amber Trap at Theatre503

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The actress chatted to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about her latest role in Hannah Hauer-King’s premiere of The Amber Trap for Damsel Productions at London’s Theatre503.

What is The Amber Trap about?

The Amber Trap is about identity, love, consent, relationships. It’s about life really, the struggles that people face and how they cope.

What did you think of Tabitha Mortiboy’s play when you first read it?

I fell in love straight away. The honesty in her writing and the accuracy of the human condition was so exciting. So playful but with such weight.

Was there anything in particular about the play that made you want to be involved?

I really connected with my character Katie. I’ve seen her – I know people like her. I was excited to have the opportunity to go on this journey with Damsel Productions.

How have rehearsals gone?

Great, really wonderful. I feel well looked after and given such a safe space to create in.

What has it been like working alongside director Hannah Hauer-King?

What a woman. She’s brilliant. Thoughtful, thought-provoking. Detailed and direct.

How would you describe The Amber Trap?

It’s tough, it will talk to people in different ways. It shows people in need of stimulation and shows people unable to say how they truly feel. I think it’s a really beautifully subtle play. Can’t wait to share it with everyone.

The Amber Trap runs from 24 April to 18 May 2019 at Theatre503, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £10-£18. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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