We chatted to Saffron about starring in Leopards at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
Hi Saffron, without giving too much away could you explain what Leopards is about? Leopards is a play that explores what it means to be good. In a world of cancel culture, do these projected ideals of how we present ourselves in the public eye really reflect all we are? It’s a thriller interrogating sex, power and consent, and whether it is possible to change one’s spots.
What were your initial impressions of Alys Metcalf’s play when you first read it? It felt like I had just been on a rollercoaster. I thought I had it worked out, but then I was left blindsided by all the twists and turns. The play scared me, which is exactly why I had to do it.
How does it feel to be bringing Leopards to Rose Theatre? I feel immensely privileged to bring Leopards to the Rose. It has been my honour to work with such a talented, passionate and meticulous cast and creative team. It is a dream come true.
What do you think audiences will take away from the play? I think audiences will take away the opportunity for immense discussion. The play will equally delight and distress you, but ultimately leave you with a deep feeling of reflection, which I hope will allow us all to own ourselves more.
How have preparations for the production been going so far? The three week rehearsal period was certainly intense with just momentum carrying me forward. It was a much needed rejuvenation after lockdown of actually being in a rehearsal room again, with real people, working on a play that invigorates me. It took a lot of energy, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
How does it feel to be performing on stage again? Walking out onto that stage for the first time during our tech week filled me with such unutterable joy. I keep finding myself taking a pause and appreciating where I am. It has been such a hard year and a half, both professionally and personally, so being able to do what I love again is an immense honour. I am very grateful.
By Emma Clarendon
Leopards continues to play at the Rose Theatre until the 25th September.