Interview With…Jane Thornton

The actress chatted to Emma Clarendon about Scary Bikers, playing at the Trafalgar Studios from the 2nd April.

Hi Jane – could you explain a bit more about what Scary Bikers is about? It’s the story of two people who find themselves on opposite sides of the EU referendum vote just as they are about to embark on a tandem ride together through Europe. Both characters; Don and Carol have lost their respective partners, so it’s also about loneliness and moving on. As well as being touching it’s also very funny as the two of them come to terms with not just their opposing political views but aching legs, getting lost in Belgium and peddling their tandem on the wrong of side of the road!

What do you think audiences will take away from ‘Scary Bikers’? I think it’s a play that’s hard hitting, funny, thought-provoking and obviously very current. Everyone loved it when we toured last year, from Wakefield to Winchester so I can confidently say there is something in it for everyone.

How do you feel about bringing the production to London? Excited, especially as we’re performing at such a great venue as Trafalgar Studios. It’s a long time since I performed in London, the last time was in the Olivier award-winning Up N Under at the Donmar Warehouse. It’s not that I’ve not been working, it’s just that I do a lot up North! This will be a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues too.

What have you enjoyed the most about being part of the production so far? It’s been fun touring the play with my husband, we have a great laugh. I’ve appeared with him in all his two handers and I think this one is the best. We know each other so well that acting on stage together is a joy even though occasionally John decides to change the lines! Still it keeps me on my toes.

By Emma Clarendon

Scary Bikers will play at the Trafalgar Studios from the 2nd until the 27th April.

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