When Jane told me that she wanted to do Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie as a CYT production, I thought it was a fantastic idea; and when she asked me to play the lead character I was thrilled. I already knew a little bit about Tennessee Williams and that he’s considered one of the great playwrights of the 20th century, and I was very excited to delve deeper into his work.
When I first read the script I fell in love with it immediately, and I knew then that I would relish in bringing this character to life; this character which is a depiction of Tennessee Williams himself, as he based the play around his own past. I did a lot of research into Tennessee Williams and the period in which the play is set in order to prepare myself for entering the world of the piece, and I found a lot of similarities between myself and the character I was to play. I even discovered things about my own life through playing the role, which I felt was a breakthrough in my acting work.
Performing in a small room in Bantock House Museum was a new challenge for me. I had previous experience in performing in intimate spaces, but never a full-length play. I found maintaining a high level of focus for such a long period of time very challenging, but equally very rewarding.
This experience has certainly given me a deeper insight into theatre and the different types of plays that are out there. I would love to be involved in more Tennessee Williams plays in the future, and I’d recommend his work to anyone who is interested in theatre.