Carolin chatted to Emma Clarendon about being part of Witness for the Prosecution at London’s County Hall.
Hi Carolin, How are you feeling about being involved with Witness for the Prosecution? I’m feeling great! We are in the first weeks of rehearsals at the moment which is obviously a bit nerve wracking but I’m really enjoying it as well. Romaine is a great part and I became an actor to play great parts, so I’m super excited.
What was it that made you want to become part of the production? Well I’m Swedish so naturally I love crime dramas. When I read the script I got really hooked into the story and reading it got me into that classic Agatha Christie mind set of ‘who did this?’. The characters are also so psychologically complex that I really wanted to get involved.
Could you tell me more about your character Romaine? She’s incredible! As I mentioned before, it’s telling stories like hers that made me want to become an actress in the first place. She’s survived the Second World War and the Russian occupation of East Germany after the war. She’s ended up in a post war Britain, where being German isn’t exactly popular, faced with her husband being trialled for murder. It feels like she’s constantly got the world upon her shoulder. But nothing weighs down Romaine, she knows how to survive at any cost. The speed and rate of her intelligence is definitely the biggest challenge. She’s so much cleverer than I am by a long distance.
How have rehearsals been going so far? Well, everyone else seems to know what they are doing and I don’t seem to have a clue. But I always feel like that in the first week and then it always comes together in the end. This first week has been a lot of brain work, working with the text in great detail. There are so many layers and nothing is exactly what it seems. But Lucy [Bailey, director] is amazing at finding these layers and making it all make sense.
What would you say makes Agatha Christie’s work so perfect for the stage? I think it’s just great storytelling, that’s why it works in the theatre but also on TV and on the radio. There’s something special about being in a group when you get hooked into a murder mystery though and I think this is a great play to come to with the family or a group of friends, so you can all pick it apart afterwards.
For those who haven’t seen Witness for the Prosecution what can they expect from the production? High stakes, surprises and intrigue. I really don’t want to give anything away but it’ll definitely get you hooked. And the impressive court room setting will make it feel very real.
By Emma Clarendon
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