Five Minutes With…Marianne Oldham

The actress chatted to Emma Clarendon about her role in Meet Me at Dawn at the Arcola Theatre.

(c)Lidia Crisafulli.

Hi Marianne, could you explain what we can expect from ‘Meet Me at Dawn’? It’s a love story set in the abstract – It’s a moment in someone’s life which anyone who has ever loved, will face at some point.  There is laughter and the ridiculous, together with the heartbreak.

What did you think of the play when you first read it? I thought it was beautifully written, straight from the heart. I thought it looked like a challenge so I was up for it. 

Was there anything that particularly made you want to be involved with this production?  Two handlers are always a whirlwind. You depend so much on your partner in the show and the balancing act, it’s always a challenge worth taking. I loved Zinnie Harris’ work, and was fascinated by Murat Daltaban’s thought on the piece. 

What do you make of your character Robyn? She’s an academic, she’s always relied on her brain handling things for her, sorting things. She finds herself in a place where she needs to allow herself to fall, and that is a terrifying concept for her and all of us I suppose.

How has it been working on the production so far? Exciting. We are having to dare ourselves to go further than perhaps our idea of taste previously allowed! 

What are you most looking forward to about performing ‘ Meet Me at Dawn’ for audiences? Seeing if I can let go enough to go to places that surprise me.

By Emma Clarendon

Meet Me at Dawn will play at the Arcola Theatre until the 9th November.


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