Interview With…Jeremy Secomb

The actor chatted to Emma Clarendon about starring in brand new musical Reputation at The Other Palace.

Hi Jeremy – for those who don’t know what is ‘Reputation’ about? The story is about a young girl who writes a story which, she finds out, has been turned into a Hollywood film, without her knowledge. It’s up to her to prove to the court that Freddy Larceny the credited writer (with a “Reputation” in Hollywood as a film script writer) has plagiarised her story.   

What was it that made you want to be involved with this production? It was interesting to me, as leading up this this casting there had been a few stories in the UK press about similar things happening to people. This sort of thing has been happening for years in and out of Hollywood.

What are you most looking forward to about bringing this story to the stage? I enjoy working in intimate spaces, where I can see the whites of people’s eyes. But also, the story and music is so well written. Alick Glass, the writer, has a lovely rhythm to his writing. 

Could you tell me more about the character you play? Freddy is a bit of a self styled hard man with some Mafia connections. He’s from New York originally but moved out to LA seeking to make some Hollywood money. He’s a charmer and grifter and will do anything to keep his Reputation intact.

How does it feel to be part of a new musical like this? It’s really a pleasure to do new work and my character is quite different from the roles I’ve been playing for past few years. I’m looking forward to showing something different and working in a small cast again. It’s lovely to tell stories where the small cast are working hard and playing all the characters.

What can we expect musically from the show?  What’s amazing about the music that Alick has written, its like you’ve heard the tunes before. Each of the songs are proper earwigs. I’ve been leaving the rehearsal room humming all of them. 

If people are thinking about coming along to see Reputation why should they? This is a story that I haven’t seen on stage, but seen in the news. It’s well written and it’s an awesome cast. Come along and see something that is pure escapism. You’ll leave humming tunes hopefully with a smile on your face.

By Emma Clarendon

Reputation will play at The Other Palace from the 5th to the 14th November.

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