Spotlight On… Susan Penhaligon

April’s Spotlight On……

***Susan Penhaligon***

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Hi Susan, you’re currently touring with Agatha Christie play ‘And Then There Were None’, how’s the tour going and tell us about your character, Emily Brent.
Emily Brent is a religious spinster who obviously has a past she doesn’t wish to talk about! It’s a cameo character role which I like playing.  It’s great to reach my age and I can leave the younger me behind, where I’m offered these kind of roles, a part where I can put a wig on and become unrecognisable. For me, this is what acting is all about.
Are you an Agatha Christie ‘fan’ and what do you think of this story in particular?
I am an Agatha Christie fan and I think ‘And Then There Were None’ Is is one of her best plays.
Have you a favourite theatre on the tour, and what’s the reason for your choice?
The Theatre Royal Bath is my favourite theatre.  It’s like playing to a big armchair which the audience is sitting in.
So, you’re a boat dweller, what triggered your love of boat dwelling?
I love the water, and it’s a great way to live in a large city like London, it’s the countryside in the city.
You’ve enjoyed a successful career on stage and screen, to date, but which medium do you prefer and why?
You have to be able to do all the mediums, stage, screen, TV, radio, it’s the only way to survive in the industry. I don’t have a favourite, I’m just lucky to be still working.
Is there a character that you have a burning ambition to play?
I like new writing, new plays, so any character within my age range would be my hope for the future. Having said that, Gertrude in Hamlet, any Chekov play, I love Chekov. Oh and of course, a part in Poldark 2.
If you hadn’t have embarked upon an acting career, which job could you see yourself doing?
I think I would have been a writer, or a journalist.
Favourite Things (quick fire questions):
Favourite poem?
I love Dylan Thomas, any of them.
Favourite playwright?
There are so many playwrights I admire, I can’t choose one, I’m sorry.
Favourite area of Cornwall?
My favourite part of Cornwall is the West Penwith area, St Ives to Lands End, the winding road that goes past Zennor to St Just. In the winter its magical, it’s brooding, old Cornwall, full of myths of Giants and Piskies and crumbling tin mine shafts with the ghosts of the ‘knockers’. My soul belongs in Kernow.
Favourite tipple?
Vodka and Slimline. Every time.
Favourite way of spending a Sunday?
Sunday lunch with my son cooked by me, a lounge on the deck of my boat in the sun, watching the river traffic pass by, my dog beside me, until the amazing sunset happens over West London, then watch a movie. Perfect.
Tour information for ‘And Then There Were None’ together with booking details, can be found by following the link below.
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