Erin Doherty Q&A


In October 1946, Sir Laurence Olivier founded what was to become one of the most prestigious drama schools in the country. We’ve seen many Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnae tread the boards here at The Old Vic and we’re delighted to have 2015 graduate Erin Doherty performing in our next two productions: Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol and Alan Ackybourn’s ‘narrative for voices’ The Divide.

She took over The Old Vic’s social media channels (mid A Christmas Carol rehearsal) to answer your questions.

Q:What’s your favourite Christmas tradition and do you get to do it in A Christmas Carol?

A: I think it may have to be playing monopoly for about three hours with my Sister and Brother on Christmas Eve. I never win. Fingers crossed this is my year. Sadly I don’t think monopoly was invented for Belle and Scrooge to play. Bummer.

Q: How do you keep both sets of lines in your head at once?

A: Hello! In all honesty, it’s repetition. I’ve not started going over The Divide just yet, as soon as A Christmas Carol is open I’ll crack on! Wish me luck!

Q: Can you tell us more about your character in A Christmas Carol?

A: Belle is the daughter of Fezziwig (Scrooge’s first employer) and you witness the blossoming of her and Scrooge’s relationship through their working together.

Q: How do you balance portraying Scrooge as a horrible old miser whilst keeping audience sympathy?

A: Well in this production Rhys Ifans is portraying the iconic character differently to any I’ve seen before… but I don’t want to give away too much. Come and see and let me know if he succeeds!

Q: How do you approach performing the same show (The Divide) in two rather different spaces, as I imagine the Edinburgh Fringe venue and The Old Vic must be?

A: The spaces are actually very similar- luckily! Although backstage may be another story for quick entrances and exits!

Q: Do you have any lucky charms/ superstitions/ rituals that you do before you perform on stage?

A: I do! I have a little dice I roll before each show just reminding me that nothing is forever, mix things up, see what happens and roll with it (pardon the pun).

Q: What differences have you found acting in a brand new story in The Divide compared to an adaptation of such a well-known story in A Christmas Carol?

A: With A Christmas Carol we have had to take into account the Dickens London era, so that alters the way you hold yourself slightly but nothing too intense. With The Divide it’s set in the future so we’re completely free to roam how we wish! Saying that, playing a nine year old alters A LOT.

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