The actress spoke to Emma Clarendon about starring in Lisa D’Amour’s Anna Bella Eema at the Arcola Theatre.

Hi Natasha, how are you feeling about being part of this production? Hi. I’m really excited to be part of this production and also to be working at the Arcola as it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to work.

What were your initial impressions when you first read the play? When I first read the play there were bits I loved and bits I didn’t understand but really wanted to. I loved the poetic element and was so interested by how the music would feature. I was also so intrigued by the characters. All so individual but sharing this journey together.

Was there anything in particular about the story or the concept for the production that made you want to be involved? Firstly the idea of being in a production of three women, directed by a woman. That’s
something I want to be part of. But also the play and particularly my character felt like something I’ve never done, and quite a challenge. So I wanted to explore that.

Could you tell us more about what we can expect from Anna Bella Eema? Expect powerful storytelling. Brilliant characters. And music that will make your hair stand on end.

What are you most looking forward to about telling this story for audiences? I’m interested to see how the audience reacts to it. It has some heartbreaking moments that sneak up on you. And themes that I feel resonate with our current world.

For those thinking about coming along – why should they? Because you will have never seen anything like it. Because change comes to all of us.
And because the Arcola is a great theatre that we should support.

By Emma Clarendon

Anna Bella Eeema plays at the Arcola Theatre from the 11th September until the 12th October.