Interview With…Amaka Okafor

The actress spoke to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about the West End transfer of The Son to the Duke of York’s Theatre.

(c)Marc Brenner.

Hi Amaka, for those who missed it at the Kiln Theatre – what can they expect from ‘The Son’? A fast paced family drama, centring around a 17yr old boy who says he’s ‘not well’. Its instantly relatable and reminds us to listen to each other when we say we’re not ‘ok’.

How do you feel about reprising your role as Sofia? Nervous at first!! I didn’t want to ruin a good thing. But now we’re up and running, I can see its actually better than before!

Could you tell us a bit more about your character – what is she like to play? Sophia is emotionally very strong. She’s a realist with a deep well of love to give. I enjoy playing her greatly. She see’s the truth when others are too emotionally involved to see clearly. As the step mum, she has a little bit of distance to see the problems. She has also just had a baby and is massively sleep deprived, so the potential for a slip up is definitely there!

What was it initially that made you want to be involved with this production? THE WRITING!!!!!! Its just beautifully written. It’s a hugely important subject. I really wanted to work with Michael. We’ve known each other a long time, and it feels wonderful to finally work together on such a special piece.

When you first read the script – what for you stood out about the story? The Character of Nicolas. We have a very similar situation in my family and the truth of the story just rang out.

How would you describe the production? Tasteful, heartfelt, funny and devastating.

By Emma Clarendon

The Son will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre until the 2nd November. To book tickets click here or visit: Love, Last, Theatre Tickets, See Tickets, From the Box Office, Encore Tickets .

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