Interview With…Fanta Barrie

The actress chatted to Emma Clarendon about her role in the current UK tour of The Lovely Bones.

Hi Fanta, for those who don’t know – what is The Lovely Bones about? Lovely Bones is about a 14-year-old girl called susie salmon who was has brutally murdered. It uncovers the understandings of death and grief and what it is to be human.

Had you read the book or were you familiar with the story at all before being involved with the production? No, I wasn’t familiar with the story but I had heard of it! And once I read it for the show I was instantly
hooked in all the beautiful stories from the Salmon family to everyone one else.

What did you think of the story when you first read it? My first impression of the lovely Bones was sorrow, heartbreak, love, anger and joy. It’s a play that manages to take you on multitude of emotional journeys of highs and lows in themes that are difficult to deal with. But still
enables you to laugh and smile!

How has it been working on the production so far? It’s been a truly crazy, Bonkers at times but magical production so far, and will continue to be. From the direction to the creatives of the show is something very special to be a part of!

Could you tell me a bit more about your character Lindsey? Lindsey Salmon is the only Salmon sister left after the death of Susie. So she has to learn to stand on her own two feet without her big sister being by her side. You see Lindsey grow up throughout the play, hitting milestones in
life that Susie won’t reach. Lindsey Salmon is very intelligent, sparky, brave, incredibly sporty but also insular and quiet when it comes to her emotions with her family or how she’s dealing with her grief. However she does meet a certain someone that adds light and laughter to her life and that’s Samuel heckler “fixer of broken things” the
love of her life.

What can audiences expect from the production?Audiences are going to be taken on a journey from the word go! Taken into a dream like state whilst Susie guides you through her story. You won’t know what’s round the corner and it will be a rollercoaster of emotions but that’s
makes the show so truly amazing.

By Emma Clarendon

The Lovely Bones continues to tour the UK until the 30th November.

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