Meet The Old Vic 12 - Sophie Moniram
On 5 December 2017 we announced The Old Vic 12 class of 2018 to the world. Consisting of writers, directors, designers, producers, composers and even a puppet maker, the group will spend the next year collaborating to create new work throughout our bicentenary year and beyond.
Each week we’ll be getting to know a different member of this talented company through 12 questions – for week three we caught up with Director Sophie Moniram
1. What’s your name?
2. What do you do?
I’m a director
3. Who inspires you?
I get inspiration from a mix of people who include: Akram Khan, Lyndsey Turner, Robert Lepage and Yoshi Oida.
4. What can’t you live without
Great food, good company and humour.
5. Last show you saw
A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic. It was incredibly charming.
6. Theatre snacks – yay or nay
I am usually a keen snacker, but I’d have to say no at the theatre as audiences are easily distracted.
7. Your favourite piece of trivia
I think it’s funny that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile.
8. One trick of the trade you’ve discovered
When I was starting out I think I was overly attached to my rehearsal preparation and that my plans were a bit of a crutch that stopped me being fully present and spontaneous in the room. I came to realise that instincts are the most valuable resource that I have as director. Although preparation is necessary, it’s important to be able to let go of your plans, and yield to your instincts in the moment. Inspiration arrives when you are receptive to it.
9. Night owl or early bird
I think naturally I’m an early bird, but in this industry you are forced to be both!
10. Your life story in one short sentence
Since I was a child I was fascinated by perception and how malleable our experience of reality is; this curiosity first led me to study Philosophy and then to become a director.
11. In one year you will have…
In one year I will have forged some great new collaborations.
12. Old Vic 12 in one word
The Old Vic 12 is generously supported for 2017/18 by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Robert Bourne, Nick Clarry, Hani Farsi, Nathalie & Nicolas Giauque, Laura & Nigel Mead and The Old Vic Impact Fund.