We chatted to Caroline Harker about starring in The Original Theatre Company’s production of The Croft, directed by Philip Franks.

Could you explain what The Croft is about? It’s about the inhabitants of a little tin hut, The Croft, in a remote corner of the highlands both past and present. The history of the Croft comes alive frightening and involving the present-day visitors to it.

What was it about the play that caught your attention? I was interested in doing a contemporary play. It’s original writing and I found it fascinating and intriguing. I had never read anything like it before.

Could you tell me about the character you are playing? My character is a woman who has recently left her husband for a new lover who is younger than her, and a woman. She is unsure about what she is doing but finds the new circumstances exciting and daunting. I also play another character but I don’t want to give too much away, suffice to say it’s my historical counterpart.

How have you found working on the production so far? It’s been fascinating to watch the play reveal itself. There is much more to it than immediately meets the eye, a fast-paced evening full of twists and turns which keeps the audience guessing, and that is exciting to be a part of. It’s a great company of actors.

What can audiences expect from The Croft? They can expect the unexpected. I guarantee they won’t have seen anything like it before.

What are you enjoying the most about touring the UK? It’s always interesting to visit cities I don’t know. We are a small company and we love an outing. If there is a pier to go down or a hill to climb, we’ll do it.

By Emma Clarendon

The Croft is playing at Fairfield Halls, Croydon from 16 – 21 March and Richmond Theatre from 31 March – 4 April.