Interview With…Linda Beckett

LLLC’s Emma Clarendon spoke to the actress about appearing in High Ridin’ playing at the King’s Head Theatre until the 22nd September. 


Hi Linda, thanks so much for talking to me. Could you explain a bit more about what audiences can expect from High Ridin’? A rollercoaster of emotions about the human condition, conveyed with humanity, compassion and humour. Sex, drugs, despair, greed, guilt, death and redemption are all loosely dealt within the play, culminating in a warm and hopeful resolution.

What was it about the story that stood out for you when you first read the script? I loved the fact that it was dealing with ‘real’ people. Each character goes on a journey and by the end of the play the events have changed them.

Could you tell me a bit more about your character Ivy? She is an ageing northern married woman who has had, shall we say, a more chequered life in her youth but has found religion through marrying her church warden husband later in life. She is struggling with the fact that her nephew is gay and appears at first to feel this fact has brought shame on the family and is very critical of his lifestyle, and the fact of his imprisonment. In some ways she is trying to recreate the past when she was happier and had a purpose in life.

How has it been working with Peter Darney? Great! He is an exciting, challenging and energetic young director. His direction is both demanding and inspiring, with a good dollop of humour. He is also very kind.

What would you say the main message at the centre of High Ridin’ is? This is a difficult one. Everyone has a right to ‘ride high’ as long as they are not hurting anyone.

What are you more looking forward to about performing High Ridin’ for audiences? That the audience enjoys the journey with us, that they have a good laugh, possibly shed a small tear but that they come out the theatre with a warm glow.

By Emma Clarendon

High Ridin’ continues to play at the King’s Head Theatre until the 22nd September. For more information visit:

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