This week: the view from rehearsals
Kerrie Brady plays Sergeant Gilks…
“I’m new to SUP. I’m really enjoying the play and the atmosphere during rehearsals. I haven’t carried out anything acting-related in over a year, the last time being my Drama A-Level, so I was looking for a theatre company to get back out there! SUP interested me because the information online described how often they performed and how experience wasn’t required. That made me feel really comfortable because it had been a while for me – and I do get quite nervous!
“The character I play is Sergeant Gilks, the police detective looking into a murder. Gilks has met Gently before so she’s well aware of his antics and gets frustrated with him. She becomes aware that Gently is looking into the murder as well, for his own strange reasons, but carries on regardless as she is professional – unlike how she perceives Gently to be. Dirk Gently feeds on the rigidity of Sergeant Gilks, which will provide some entertainment for the audience.”
Sophia Cameron is also appearing in her first SUP production…
“I joined SUP recently, and I’m also a member of the Committee. I’m very happy to have joined such a friendly and dedicated group which are serious about their craft, without forgetting that ultimately what the members want is to participate, learn, challenge themselves and have lots of fun in the process. I am a good example of this… having never acted before!
“The production of Dirk Gently is challenging and our director Lorraine is cracking on with a play with a four-billion-year time span and a cast that includes ghosts, aliens, Cambridge dons and, of course, murder – all without flinching one bit! Brave lady! As for me? Basically, I’m a dead body that gets interfered with, I dance the night away without a care in the world, and get invited to a posh do in all of my finery – though not necessarily in that order!”