• Return to Reality

    Posted on August 29, 2012 by in Blog

    Lottie Davies as Nelly Dean. Copyrighted to Segolene Scheuer.

     

    The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is over and I’ve returned to Cardiff after a very manic few weeks. I loved every moment of the Fringe but I’m not complaining about all the peace and quiet I’m getting now!

    ‘Wuthering Heights’ (performed by amateur dramatic society, Act One from Cardiff University) ran for 6 nights between the 13th and 18th August, but it felt a lot longer! I played the part of Nelly Dean, the good-natured yet incessantly interfering housekeeper of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, and was one of the few characters to live to see the end of the play. Narrating the piece meant that I was constantly onstage for about 50 minutes, and the large amount of quick-paced plot lines meant that at any given time there was a one in four chance that I was speaking, but my voice held up (thankfully).

    I also got the chance to age (quite quickly) throughout the play. I began as the older lady Mr Lockwood meets, and regressed into childhood to take part in the story I was telling, growing up with the characters. This would have been complicated enough, but I also had to flit back to the elderly stage every now and again to chat with Lockwood and then return to a younger self. It was tough but I’m glad I’ve had the chance to play around with ages and what it means for movement and voice changes and really test my range.

    We were lucky enough to get some fantastic reviews, and a rave review about yours truly from Broadway Baby!

     

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