Spotlight on… Star of The Scarecrow’s Wedding, Joanna Brown

The Scarecrows’ Wedding is on UK tour, click here for tour dates, venues and to book tickets: The Scarecrows’ Wedding

Break A Leg chatted to Joanna Brown from the show, she plays Betty O’Barley…

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Joanna. Tell me about The Scarecrows’ Wedding and your character.

The Scarecrows’ Wedding is a stage adaptation of the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. It’s a love story about two scarecrows – Betty O’Barley & Harry O’Hay – who decide to get married. The narrative follows the two of them on their quest around the farm, collecting items and objects to assist them on their special day.

What was your initial impression of the script?

Much of the script is taken from the original book, so there’s a lot of lovely rhythm and rhyme written in for us to enjoy. Eva, our director, has done a wonderful job at finding balance between dialogue and movement based storytelling, so on paper the script is very short and sweet; mixed with all the visual aspects and wonderful musical compositions the show becomes much more intricate and embellished.

Is the show translating well from page to stage?

It’s incredible to see the simplicity of a children’s storybook come to life on stage. There’s a certain pressure that comes with re-creating something so well known; often the audience are already familiar with the characters and the arc of the story, so it’s important to stay true to the well-loved aspects of the book. I think Scamp have done just that. There are so many images and moments that mirror Axel Scheffler’s illustration and the musical score manages to reflect the feel and style of the story perfectly.

Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role?

For me, it was about finding my own personal quirks and qualities within the framework that had already been set out for Betty. I’m all for creating strong female characters that ooze with energy and intelligence, so rehearsals were about discovering how those traits could fuse with Betty’s overwhelming love and admiration for her Harry O’Hay. She’s such a joyful character to embody each day – I’m finding her enthusiasm a little infectious!

What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?

Buy a ticket! It’s such a fun show and there’s something in it for everyone. I saw the production last summer and enjoyed every second. Who doesn’t love a good wedding?

Thanks to Joanna for a great interview, wishing you all the best with the tour.


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