Theatre Is Magic
Elinor Coleman talks all things Foundry in advance of the final Tales And Tonic at The REP.
What made you first want to become a theatre maker?
I've been working as an actor for a number of years, but it was actually only in the last year that I started to develop some of own work. It arose because I found myself with loads of ideas and things that I wanted to say, and I needed an outlet for them. And crucially, I hadn't been getting enough work so creating something and employing myself to act in it seemed like the way forward!
What excites you most about being a REP Foundry artist?
Having the time, space and resources to develop work – both in an artistic and practical sense – in a building as buzzing and bursting with combined knowledge as The REP, is pure dreamy. I'm really looking forward to working with fellow Foundry artists, sharing practices and learning lots.
If you could collaborate with anyone (past or present) who would it be, and why?
Emir Kusturica has been top of my list for a long time. Although he's best known as a filmmaker, he's also a musician and wonderful live performer. I love the way that he incorporates music and indeed, musicians, into his films. His films are sometimes a bit bonkers, but full of life and disregard for the rules. For my part this is the kind of thing I would like work towards creating in theatre. It would also be wrong of me not to mention the man who galvanized my interest in acting and theatre in the first place; recently deceased Dario Fo. The scathing, witty, political work he created with Franca Rame fed my indignant rage at the world when I was a teenager and continues to remind me how powerful theatre can be. It also contains just the right amount of silly so I bet he would be a right laugh to work with.
Who or what in theatre inspires you most?
What I find most inspirational about theatre is its immediacy and ephemeral nature. Whenever I'm preparing to perform I always remind myself that I don't know the burdens or joys that these audience members have brought with them, or what it is in this particular performance that will resonate with or move them. The piece unfolds, people are affected in whatever way they will be, and then it's gone – it has happened; and it will never happen in exactly that way, with that collection of people, again. That is magic.
Enjoy the final week of Tales & Tonic with Finley Townsend, Balisha Karra and Elinor Coleman. Starting at 6.15pm on Friday 7 April, it is the perfect way to kick-start your weekend. Plus you get a free G&T (non-alcoholic options available)!