Spotlight On… Jonah Russell

Jonah stars in Of Mice and Men which is touring  the UK at the moment, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 8 – 12 March 2016 and then continuing around the country, finishing at Leicester Curve Theatre on 28 May 2016.

Hi Jonah, thanks for chatting to Break A Leg Review, How has the tour of Of Mice and Men been going so far and how are you enjoying your role of Slim?

I like playing Slim, I always wanted to be a cowboy anyway and I’m currently resisting the urge to buy a pair of cowboy boots! Slim is nicely nuanced and thinks things through, he’s good to play.

The tour is going well, the set was slightly smaller when we moved from The Birmingham Repertory Theatre to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. The scene is the bunkhouse was smaller and changed the dynamics. I love the Theatre Royal in Nottingham and I’m on home turf, there. The cast are having a great time together and we’ve started playing volley ball, we have taken it seriously and have team colours etc!

What’s your favourite part of the play and why?

The opening scene that Will and Kris do (William Rodell and Kristian Phillips), they never play it the same way which keeps it fresh, it’s lovely and makes our job easier. We can add flavour to it, it’s their story and we add colour.

If you were to switch roles and play another part in the play, who would it be?

Curley’s Wife!

What made you decide on a career in acting?

My drama teacher (Mrs Redgate) said I should do it when I was aged 16, I didn’t realise you could be an actor, I didn’t know that drama schools existed, so it hadn’t been a burning ambition.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career?

Working with Katie Mitchell, working on Broadway and at The National Theatre, London. Appearing in A View From The Bridge at The Young Vic Theatre. I like to take sneaky looks at the audience, which we could do at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and watch an audience member’s face change as they react to the performance, I think “that’s why we do it”.

What would you say to potential audience members to encourage them to see this production?

It’s a really good night at the theatre, a great classic piece of work. An exciting and vibrant play and you’ll love it!

Thanks to Jonah for chatting to us, we wish him and rest of the cast luck with the tour and you can find further tour details including information on booking tickets here: http://touringconsortium.co.uk/show/of-mice-and-men/

 

 

 

 

 

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