Turning Heads and Turning Screws
The Turn of the Screw, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham
Ross Lowe | Friday, May 1, 2015
Ghostly figures at the window. Strangers wandering about the house.
For actress Nicola Foxfield, it's all part of a day's work as a performer in The Turn of The Screw, currently running at Birmingham's Blue Orange Theatre to great critical acclaim.
It's based on a classic psychological thriller by Henry James and has been given a new twist by Blue Orange, as puppets and live actors combine and work together onstage to deliver this tense and enthralling drama.
Nicola describes the mix as a combination of "puppets, actors and cutting edge lighting" and has found working as a puppeteer really absorbing. "It's so exciting to see and try new techniques with the actors that I've been working with. It's done me good to watch others around me and learn from them - and I've also had the opportunity to throw my own ideas into the hat too, such as when we were working with lighting and shadow techniques in rehearsal."
Nicola plays the role of a young Governess who is sent to look after two children in a remote country house. Soon after she arrives, strange things start to occur. "It's a great piece," she enthuses, "as Henry James had a very particular and spooky way of writing. I don't want to give too much away - but it's a terrific and atmospheric story."
Nicola first worked with Blue Orange last year, performing in The Mikado. When she landed the part in Turn of the Screw, she was incredibly pleased. "I knew this was such a fantastic opportunity, so I was quite emotional when I heard I'd got the role. It was great to have a 'serious' piece to get my teeth into after a run of enjoyable comedy and children's roles. I've been so happy to be involved in this."
The Blue Orange Theatre is a "versatile space" according to Nicola - a great place to go and watch live performances.
If you're looking to be spooked, thrilled and entertained this weekend then it really is the place to be.
Turn of The Screw finishes this weekend at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham.
Friday 1st May - 7.45pm
Saturday 2nd May - 2.30pm and 7.45pm
Tickets available from www.blueorangetheatre.co.uk or by calling 0121 212 2643
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