Meet the Cast of ‘April In Paris’
Llanelli based theatre company ‘It’s An Act’ present the hilarious comedy, April In Paris, written by John Godber & Directed by Jack Llewellyn. April In Paris takes to the main stage of the Torch Theatre on Thursday 1 November, 7.30pm.
This superb comedy-drama features the characters Bet and Al who lead a quiet, humdrum life in their small rural home until Bet wins a ‘Romantic Breaks’ competition in a magazine.
The prize, a holiday in Paris, represents their first experience abroad and has profound effects on the way they look at the world around them once they return home.
They bicker over French cuisine, wrestle with their phrasebook, and fend off would-be muggers on the Metro in this hilarious depiction of the British abroad.
Meet the actors, Neil Harris - Al and Deborah Newton-Williams - Bet, as they tell us a little about the production and their characters.
Neil Harris – Playing Al
- What sort of person is going to love this show? This show will appeal to married couples who appreciate the ups and downs and moments of hilarity that punctuate a long co-habitation with another person. You will see bits of your own marriage reflected on stage,
- What’s Challenging about bringing this script to life? Capturing the couple’s relationship was a gradual process, and the fact there are only the two of us, gives us no safety net.
- Why did you want to be involved in this production? Jack Llewellyn the director is someone I greatly enjoy working for. Every rehearsal is a real learning curve for me as an actor.
- What will the audience be thinking about after the show? Despite the ups and downs, and every day mundanity of Al and Bet’s marriage, at it’s heart there is a bond that is strong and unbreakable.
- What’s going to surprise people about this show? I think how this play resonates so well in the current political climate.
- What sort of person will love this show? Married couples will really recognise moments in the play.
- What do you love about your character? I love how Al warms to Paris and his passion for art that shines through.
- What do you dislike about your character? His taste in music is awful.
- What celebrity would you like to see take on your role in this play? Benedict Cumberbatch would really suit it.
- What’s your favourite line of dialogue? Swanning around buying scarves! Who do you think you are? Princess Anne?
- If someone made your life into a movie, who would play you? Probably Danny De Vito, I’m not the tallest!
- When did you first perform? Little shop of Horrors, aged 16.
- What is your favourite show? Equus by Peter Schaffer
- Who is your role model? Ricky Gervais. He works so hard and doesn’t take no for an answer.
- What’s your perfect Sunday look like? Watching football, Formula one and the NFL
- When you have a break in rehearsal what do you end up doing? Eating, can’t stop!
- What do you do in your free time? I like to go to the gym when I can.
Deborah Newton - Williams – Playing Bet
- What sort of Person is going to love this show? This show will appeal to anyone who spent a decent amount of time with another person. It’s a real reflection on what it’s like to love someone, without liking them all the time.
- What’s challenging about bringing this script to life? Trying to show what actual love looks like when it actually has a few conditions.
- Why did you want to be involved in this production? Because it’s really fun playing actual people rather than over the top caricatures.
- What will the audience be thinking about after the show? How much they love and rely on their significant other. (Without ever actually letting them know)
- What’s going to surprise people about the show? How down to earth and normal the script is.
- What sort of person will love this show? Married couples! It very well may scare those who are only engaged off!
- What do you love about your character? I love Bet’s nagging. I nag like that. I totally get it! Go on Gal!
- What do you dislike about your character? I hate she is able to pronounce French words that I absolutely cannot!
- What celebrity would you like to see take on your role in this play? Victoria Wood
- What’s your favourite line of dialogue? ‘And what’s funny is….they shave their legs’
- If someone made your life into a movie, who would play you and why? The girl from little miss sunshine
- When did you first perform? When I was 7 in what some would call the best rendition of the Welsh language version of Joseph and his technicolour Dreamcoat Swansea ever saw.
- What is your favourite show? The play that goes wrong
- Who is your role model? How cool is Steven Mangen?! Just so easy to watch.
- What’s your perfect Sunday look like? I’d sleep through Sunday afternoon and catch up with the lads for a pint in the evening.
- When you have a break in rehearsal, what do you end up doing? Looking at Tinder.
- What do you do in your free time? I take a taxi to the job centre to arrive in style!
It's An Act Present - April In Paris @ Torch Theatre, Thursday 1 Nov 2018, 7:30pm. Tickets: £16.50 | £14.50 Concession
For more information and to book tickets visit https://torchtheatre.co.uk/its-an-act-present-april-in-paris/ or call the Box Office on 01646 695267.