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An Interview with Joanna Bacon

By Emma Tattum, Egwyl Editor.

Today I met with Joanna Bacon, who is currently starring in ‘Scarlett’ at Theatr Clwyd to find out a little more the actress and the show.

Who inspires you as an actor?

Jan Creamer for her unswerving dedication to her vision; Werner Erhard and Dan Fauci, who taught me to live up to my commitments, not to my circumstances.

What is the best thing about your job?

It’s a perfect combination of discipline and freedom.

What’s the hardest thing about it?

The terrifying combination of discipline and freedom.

When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

First on stage at 7 enjoyed playing Fritz in the ballet The Nutcracker, I got a talking part at school playing Eliza Dolittle in a scene from Pygmalion. Speaking was scarier than dancing but there was a power in it that I liked.

You are currently starring in a play called ‘Scarlett’ at Theatr Clwyd. Tell us a little bit about it.

The show is running until Sat 15th April. It’s a co-production with Hampstead Theatre where we played it for a month before the Clwyd run. I play Bette, the desperate, controlling, co-dependent Mother of the beautiful Scarlett, who has run away to Wales to find herself. [Ticket info can be found at the bottom of this page.]

Why should people come and see the show?

It’s a moving, funny play about mother/daughter/grandmother relationships and our relationship with ourself.

Do you have any advice for young actors who are aiming to have a career in acting?

Do your work; remember who you are; never give in.

Do you have any other projects coming up?

There is a film in the pipeline for 2018, otherwise, I’m free!

Just on general release from 7 April is A Quiet Passion a film about the poet Emily Dickinson directed by Terence Davies, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily and Jennifer Ehle as her sister. I play their Mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson. It’s on at FACT, Wood street Liverpool.

You can Click Here to book tickets to see Quiet Passion at FACT in Liverpool

Scarlett is running until THIS Saturday (15th), so book tickets whilst you can!

I went to watch Scarlett on Press Night and you can find the review here: https://egwyl.com/2017/04/05/review-scarlett-theatr-clwyd/

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