Five Minutes With… Rebecca Smith-Williams

The actress chatted to Emma Clarendon about starring in Pavilion at Theatr Clwyd.

Hi Rebecca, could you tell me a bit more about what Pavilion is about? Pavilion is about a small town in Wales and it’s inhabitants. It’s billed as a comedy and it is certainly very funny but it’s got some big messages and questions at its core.

What did you think of Emily White’s play when you first read it?
I thought it was a brilliant, heartfelt, important piece of work. 

Could you tell me more about your character? I play two characters. Mary, a young woman who has managed to escape the town and is living in London, but without giving too much away, finds the city not all that she imagined it would be. My second character is Catrin, the local headmistress and not a very popular woman!

What made you want to be part of this production? I loved how the play looked at the characters’ lives with compassion and humour most importantly respect. Also….it seemed like it would be really fun to perform!

How have you found working on the production? Rehearsals were fantastic, intricate and involved a lot of dancing! Now the show is up it’s a great pleasure to share what we’ve made with an audience. The stage has a revolve, so it was fun navigating the ground literally moving under your feet as we transitioned from the rehearsal room to the stage.  

For those coming along what can they expect from Pavilion? Laughter, dancing, tears and a LOT of swearing!

By Emma Clarendon

Pavilion continues to play at Theatre Clwyd until the 12th October.

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