Reaching the West End
Words by William Skinner
Nottinghamshire actress Sara Poyzer has made it - she's got a part in Billy Elliot.
It's every actors dream to make it to London's West End and Calverton's Sara Poyzer can now add those impressive details to her CV.
In less than a decade she's gone from her 1997 acting debut at the Nottingham Playhouse, to the current big hit in the British equivalent of Broadway - Billy Elliot.
In the musical, she will be playing the poignant role of the ghost of Billy's mother. Having had past roles in television such as Eastenders and Dangerfield, and in radio on The Archers, Sara says she's ready for her big break.
"I feel like I've earnt my stripes in terms of theatre. Now that I'm in the West End it feels right. It's really exciting to be there. I've always worked really hard. I think that's the key to being an actor. To be tenacious and hardworking and thick skinned."
Sara in Satin 'n' Steel: pic by Pobert Day
Getting the part
Sara considers her performance with Norman Pace at the Nottingham Playhouse in Satin 'n' Steel, a play about club singers, as a major turning point in her career. She had plenty of singing to do in the production. That ability was recognised by her agent who decided to put her up for auditions for the West End.
She got the part and now she's playing a ghost.
"I suppose I shouldn't cry, as a dead person, but I do. Every night. I saw the show when I was rehearsing; it's really moving."
The role of Billy's deceased mother is played very gently, by all accounts, with Sara tugging on heart strings.
"I thought I might get some ghostly music," she says, "but it's not. It's much more simple than that. I think if it was ghostly, you might end up getting titters rather than tears. So it's not really ghostly, it's quite real, but I think that's what makes it even more poignant.
"What Steven Daldry's done is employ actors who don't have a lot of musical theatre experience so he said 'Even if one of your steps is wrong, express yourself'."
Her career to date
Sara trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Theatre credits include All Quiet on The Western Front (Nottingham Playhouse), Beverley in Abigail's Party (York Theatre Royal), Teena Satin in Satin ‘n’ Steel (Nottingham Playhouse), The School for Scandal, The Merchant Of Venice, Antigone and Poetry Or Bustall for Northern Broadsides; Bollywood Jane (Leicester Haymarket), The Fly (Oldham Coliseum), Up 'n' Under, Only The Understudy, La Ronde and Players Angels.
Television credits include Eastenders, Doctors, The Eustace Bros., Dangerville, Dangerfield, Peak Practice, and Playing The Field.
Sara has also played Leonie Snell in The Archers.
last updated: 24/09/2008 at 09:47