We’re back with another #meetusmonday! Today our Actor’s Rep, Carol Edwards, talks about the past 25 years of being part of the Society, the roles she’s performed, and what amdram means to her. Carol is no stranger to the stage, and has been involved in numerous plays for which HADS have either won or been nominated for NODA awards!
What made you become involved in AmDram and why did you join HADS?
I began acting in the mid-seventies when I lived in Kent. A friend asked if Icould help them out by playing the part of Joan in Alan Ayckbourn’s Time and Time Again. I loved acting so much that I carried on. In the early 1990s, having moved to Shropshire, I took my two children to see HADS production of Wind in the Willows, and not long after I joined the society.
What is your favourite HADS play that you have been in or have directed?
This is difficult to answer because I enjoy being part of all productions. These include Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction, which was great fun to do because of playing numerous characters. I loved playing Truvy in Steel Magnolias, and Sarah Radford in Francis Durbridge’s whodunnit thriller, Deadly Nightcap. I was also fortunate to have been cast to play Lady Millicent Metcalfe in Jeffery Archer’s Beyond Reasonable Doubt. I directed the Francis Durbridge thriller, Suddenly At Home, which was great fun to do.
Who is your favourite character that you’ve played at HADS?
My favourite is the musician, Alma Rattenbury. Cause Celebre, written by Terrence Rattigan is based on a true story. Alma was a tragic woman, sent to trial together with her young lover George Stoner for the murder of her husband. Alma was acquitted, and when she expected Stoner to hang, took her own life. When I was in Bournemouth I visited her grave, and I must admit I did feel a little emotional.
What’s your favourite non-acting activity that you like to do at HADS?
Any really. Backstage, front of house, serving drinks, washing up and anything that needs doing. Being part of the society is not just about acting. Everything is essential and contributes to a successful evening.
Which character(s) from any tv/film would you most like to play?
I would love to play Barbara Jackson in Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies, based on facts about spies during the Cold War.
Any character in Caryl Churchill’s, Top Girls.
Betty in A Passionate Woman, by Kay Mellor.
John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi, in the film Nowhere Boy, by Matt Greenhalgh.