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         Wordplay: Fifteen illuminating and informative questions

         Our guest this month: Claire Redcliffe

 

         Interviewer: Richard Braine

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Claire Redcliffe is one of those supremely talented actors who hasn’t had the recognition that her talent so richly deserves. Having said that her CV is enormously impressive. She was quite rightly nominated as Best Actress in the Manchester Evening news for her performance in ‘Kindertransport’.

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Claire plays Vivian Tompkins in the Finborough’s ‘The Passing of the Third Floor Back’ by Jerome K Jerome from 28th Nov to 22nd Dec

(Photography: Nick Rutter)

 

 

1.When did you first Act? And what was it?

I would say I first acted in primary school in  Reception. I fell off my chair and everyone laughed. So I did it again, and again ....and again....and again.

 

2.What or who was your greatest inspiration?

My wonderful actress friend Helen Ryan. I call her Dame Helen.

 

3.What professional training have you had? Do you think it was relevant?

I did the 3 year acting course at LAMDA which was a great platform to enter into the professional world, but you never stop learning.

 

4.What has been your favourite part/play/production etc?

Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regents Park Open Air Theatre.

 

5.What has been the most wonderful thing you’ve seen on the pub theatre circuit?

“The Busy World is Hushed”, which is on at the Finborough at the moment. Skilled, honest actors upclose. Totally fab! [Note:This show ends 25 November]

 

6.Pub theatre is having something of a renaissance. Why do think this is?

Lots of reasons. Pub theatres are wonderful, safe, creative spaces for people to get productions they are excited about actually on. More and more, these shows are picked up and have a life after.

 

7.Where would you like to be in ten years time?

Still working on projects I am passionate about.

 

8.Tell us something about yourself that nobody else would know?

Well….if I say…then everyone will know!

 

9.What is the song that most moves you?

Purple Rain.

 

10.Musical, comedy, drama? What would you choose?

Today, it’s Drama.

 

11.The crime you would carry out if you could get away with it?

I would break into the jail in Iran where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held and bring her home.

 

12.The happiest moment of your life?

It’s always when I am together with my mum, dad and sister.

 

13.The saddest moment of your life?

When Robbie left ‘Take That’.

 

14.What historical figures would you invite to a dinner party?

Audrey Hepburn. Katherine Hepburn. Barack Obama. Arthur Miller. Churchill. Nelson Mandela. George Elliot. Stephen Sondheim.

 

15.How would you like to be remembered? 

As a determined, resilient and compassionate person.

 

 

THE PASSING OF THE THIRD FLOOR BACK by Jerome K Jerome

Finborough Theatre, SW10 from 28th Nov to 22nd Dec 2017

 

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“Who are you? I know your voice. I hear it in the wind. I hear it in the silence of the night. Who…Who are you?”

 

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, a unique rediscovery of The Passing of the Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat.

 

Christmas in London, 1907. Mrs. Sharpe’s squalid Bloomsbury boarding house plays host to some unscrupulous residents. Vivian is being forced to marry a man she doesn’t love, Harry’s musical career is a laughing-stock, Alick is plotting to swindle the next man he meets, while Stasia, the maid, has almost been forgotten. So their lives go on, until the sudden arrival of a mysterious stranger in search of a room...

 

 

She has performed in theatres across the country from Regent’s Park Open Air to West Yorkshire. Her Film appearances include the recently released ‘Christopher Robin’. Her television credits seem to go on forever (The Busker & the Coin, Doctors and Carvery). Yet she is one of those modest persons who is a simple delight to be with.