Come into the Garden, Maud by Noel Coward

The Assembly House, Norwich

30 January – 3 February 2018

I played Anna-Mary Conklin, in ‘Come into the Garden, Maud’. One of two short plays by Noel Coward which were performed together, by The Great Hall Theatre Company from 30th January to 3rd February 2018.

Staged at Norwich Assembly House in Norwich, Come into the Garden, Maud was performed ‘in the round’, with an audience on all four sides.  It was very much a play of firsts for me. I hadn’t performed in that configuration before so it was a challenging but fun experience getting to explore using the space and being open to the audience from all angles.

I did not originally audition for the role of Anna-Mary, so I was a little surprised, but very happy to be offered her. She is quite an unpleasant, dominating character, whose attitude to her friends could spin on a dime. The character involved my learning more lines than I have ever previously been required to learn. Also, she was American, so not only did I have to learn my lines in an American accent for the first time, but I also had to learn some badly pronounced French in an American accent. I got some laughs at my attempts at French so hopefully the audience thought I was acting and didn’t realise my French actually is that bad.

All photographs for Come into the Garden, Maud were taken during the dress rehearsal by Andrew Cliffe of Norwich Photo Motorsport Photography