“The Crucible” interview for MaltaToday

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What were some of the most challenging aspects of getting into this character? It’s a very physical role, for starters… did you draw on your ballet experience to help channel this aspect of it?

It was by far my most physically and emotionally demanding role. Betty is believed to be possessed by the devil at the start of the play. We explored different types of bodily contortion, playing around with different strange unnatural movements. Together with Yaël and our movement director Imogen Knight I was able to improvise until finally deciding on what moves we wanted to keep. It would have been physically impossible without my ballet training.

I think the challenge initially is always letting go of yourself completely in front of a bunch of strangers and finally being okay with looking absolutely silly, making mistakes and making choices in a safe space. Tapping into such an extremely dark and sad story every performance was at times very emotionally draining and challenging, but we got through it making cups of teas for each other in between acts and simply taking care of each other as a company. ”

Full article: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/printversion/48537/

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