Rachel Warrick-Clarke, who you may recognise from her role as Jill in our family panto Jack and the Beanstalk at Godalming Borough Hall last winter, is now taking on some very different roles in Pinocchio Gets Wood! We caught up with her for a chat:
Tell us a bit about your three characters in this show:
“Juliet Myflange is a tough one. She’s stubborn and bossy and does not like taking advice, especially from her mother! Although she comes across quite hard faced, she is longing for that genuine connection with a real human being. The Blue Fairy is a classic pantomime fairy with a twist. She’s perfectly sweet until you get on her bad side and you’ll soon know about it when you do! Hermes, Strong Boner’s sidekick, is both slimey and gross. He will do just about anything to please his master with no questions asked.”
What are you most looking forward to?
“Getting back to performing after a short and unexpected break! This show is a lifeline for the arts and performers during these unknown times and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it. I also can’t wait to be back in the rehearsal room with a bunch of lovely creative people.”
How will the digital delivery of the show affect your preparation and performance?
“I think it’s going to be very important to know the show inside out. Without the usual reactions of an audience it’s going to be difficult to know what lands and what doesn’t and therefore we’ll need to be even more versatile than usual. Team work will also be key in order to help each other achieve the best, slickest show possible.”
Is this the first time you have experienced adult panto?
“This is my first time doing an adult panto! I came to watch Sinders last year and loved it and cannot wait to experience being on the other side. It will certainly be a change from the standard family pantomime which I’m more accustomed to!”
When you’re not on stage, what do you most enjoy and how have recent months been for you?
“When I’m not performing, my favourite thing to do is to spend time with my little puppy pug Blue! He kept me on my toes throughout lockdown and certainly helped keep me sane. I didn’t find lockdown too bad as I had Blue to keep me busy but I did struggle with not seeing my family and seeing the terrible affect the virus has had on our beloved industry. I can only hope projects like these are a glimmer of hope in these unknown times. I hope theatre can return to what it once was and that it can be enjoyed by the masses as it should be.”
Pinocchio Gets Wood runs from 10-12 September ONLINE!