with Katie Rowley Jones:
you expect to be working in the theatre given that you spent
three years studying law at university?
No. I've had a bit of a convoluted journey to where I am
now. Like you say, I studied law here in Nottingham and graduated
in 2000. Taking this career path was something that was always
in the back of my mind.
Doing law for three years was enough. It's not what I'm really
passionate about. It took me that process to realise what I
wanted to do.
have you been doing since you graduated?
I did a postgraduate in musical theatre in Guildford and
that only finished last June so I've been incredibly fortunate.
The audition for this came up last July and we started in August.
were you here last?
The last time I was in Nottingham was actually when I graduated.
I never ever in my wildest dreams would have thought that the
next time I'd be in Nottingham would be in a musical at the
you get involved in the amateur dramatics at the University
I did. That's really what kept the idea going in my head
that I wanted to do it professionally. There's a great theatre
society at the university that I was heavily involved with.
We did a number of musicals. Things like Cabaret.
you see the film before the audition?
No. We started the UK tour in August. I only saw it in March.
It was a conscious decision not to see the film. I really wanted
to concentrate on the musical version and on what Bill Kenwright,
the director, wanted me to do with it. He was really giving
me all the information I needed. I wanted to focus on what we
the play you're in the Deep South. How did you learn the drawl?
We had a few voice lessons at drama school and you try and
learn how to break down any accent into a skill, breaking down
the different sounds. Then we had a voice coach during rehearsals
which was a great help. I now dread the day I have to sing in
an English accent as the American accent is so ingrained. I
don't think I'll be able to do it any more.
you have any plans after Whistle Down the Wind?
I'm contracted until August. There are lots of things that
I'd love to do in the future but really I don't want to set
my sights on things. I love singing and I love musicals such
as Mamma Mia and Les Miserables. The big shows in the West End
are really what I would aspire to be in but I don't want to
limit myself to just musicals. I'd really like to turn my hand
to straight dramas and TV, so who knows.
you had a chance to look up any old haunts, places and faces
since returning to Nottingham?
I have. There are still quite a few of my friends here.
There are quite a few medics whose courses are just too long.
Alot are actually doctors, which is very bizarre. But actually,
so much of Nottingham has changed, even in two years. However,
it's nice to find my way around again.