Published: 18/09/2015 16:01 - Updated: 18/09/2015 16:41

Our Ladies... their words

Play packed with songs, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour.
Play packed with songs, Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour.

 

Tomorrow (Friday, September 18) the Edinburgh Festival hit comes to Eden Court, bringing drama plus a mix of classical and pop music as six choir girls tell their funny, sad and outrageous stories in the musical play. One day in the life of an Oban girls’ choir competing in Edinburgh took writer Lee Hall (there's also an interview with Lee in our website's theatre section) a decade to bring to the stage with director Vicky Featherstone and the National Theatre of Scotland getting great review for their version of Oban writer Alan Warner's story of a choir of girls from the town going to Edinburgh for a day to compete in a competition then gt home in time for a big night out. From 200 hopefuls auditioned, the six actresss below create the characters of Kay, Orla, Chell, Kylah, Manda and Fionnulla  and have to sing both the classical music of the choir, as well as the music chosen by the directing team to shed light on each girl and what makes her tick. Below, each of the actresses behind the characters answer some questions ...

Karen Fishwick plays Kay.
Karen Fishwick plays Kay.

KAY

Karen Fishwick

1 Five-word description of your character

Still waters run deep, right?

2 Your favourite song from the show?

The Enchanting Song – although we mock it in the show, it was hard work putting it together. Our Everest!

3 What is the best/most memorable trip you went on during your school days

In Primary Seven our class went on 50/50 with Sally Gray – the champion of kids’ game shows. That was a good day.

4 What’s the best thing about playing the role?

Without revealing too much, Kay has a brilliant and turbulent journey through the play. It’s a balancing act and I thrive on the challenge every time.

5 In real life, which of the six girls is most like you!

Part of me wishes I was cool enough to be any of the other girls...But I know I’m a Kay Clarke through and through.

Dawn Sievewright as Fionulla.
Dawn Sievewright as Fionulla.

FIONNULLA

Dawn Sievewright

1 Five-word description of your character

Strong, protective, complicated, aggressive, loyal.

2 Your favourite song from the show?

No Woman, No Cry. It’s the toughest one to sing emotionally in the show, but doing it is the biggest high.

3 What is the best/most memorable trip you went on during your school days?

We would go on a PGL (Parents Get Lost) holiday every year for three years running at my school. We would take a coach from Glasgow to SPAIN! It was full of fun, laughs and a lot of naughtiness!

4 What’s the best thing about playing the role?

I’ve never played a role that has such a massive journey emotionally. Fionnulla has some epic stuff filling up her head. She oozes strength and power and then has moments of such vulnerability. It’s an adventure to tell her story.

5 In real life, which of the six girls is most like you! Fionnulla! Of course!

Melissa Allan as Orla.
Melissa Allan as Orla.

ORLA

Melissa Allan

1 A five-word description of your character

Brave, vulnerable, curious, positive, delicate.

2 Your favourite song from the show?

I think it would have to be Shine A Little Love as its the song that the girls really let go and we always have so much fun performing it.

3 What is the best/most memorable trip you went on during your school days?

I went on a school trip in Primary Six to Edinburgh, actually! I will always remember the trip because I had been super excited to go and then when we had only just arrived in Edinburgh that afternoon I got really ill and had to be taken all the way home again. Safe to say I was gutted!

4 What’s the best thing about playing the role?

I feel there has been so much to explore and discover with Orla. I love playing the role as she has such a touching and heartbreaking story.

5 In real life, which of the six girls is most like you!

All the girls are very much like their own characters! I would definitely say I am most like Orla.

Caroline Deyga as Chell
Caroline Deyga as Chell

CHELL

Caroline Deyga

1 A five-word description of your character

Loyal, Uproarious, Matriarchal, Sassy, Vivacious.

2 Your fave song from the show?

Long Black Road. It’s the perfect song to kick off the girls going "mental" in Edinburgh as it’s packed with attitude and it’s brilliant fun to perform with the band and my fellow ladies.

3 What is the best/most memorable trip you went on during your school days?

Probably my Primary Seven trip to London. The idea behind those trips was to give you a first taste of freedom really. It was the first time I had been on holiday without my parents and going from a tiny town to this huge city – it was like another world. That’s the only similarity there is between that trip and the trip the girls take in the show though...well that and the fact I was very excited about the shopping!

4 What’s the best thing about playing the role?

Chell is a really fun-loving and hilarious character which makes it all the more heartbreaking later in the play when you realise how much she has going on underneath it all. So often you get to play a part that is either the comedy role or the serious role and Chell is absolutely both, so it’s a total gift to play her every night.

5 In real life, which of the six girls is most like you?

The great thing about these girls is that there is a bit of all of them in everyone...even if you don’t want to admit it! I think at school I was Kay Clarke but these days I’m much more of a Chell...although I don’t swear nearly as much as her obviously.

Frances McCann as Kylah.
Frances McCann as Kylah.

KYLAH

Frances McCann

1 A five-word description of your character

Passionate, Headstrong, Caring, Ambitious, Fun.

2 Your favourite song from the show?

Mr Blue Sky. It’s the first pop song in the show and we get to let loose. It’s the first chance the girls get to show their wild side.

3 What is the best/most memorable trip you went on during your school days?

In Primary Six, our class was taken to the Hunterian art gallery in Glasgow. I was really into art and drawing at that age. We learned about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and got to see some of his beautiful designs. I can still remember them and recognise the chairs when I see them around today!

4 What’s the best thing about playing the role?

Playing Kylah is so much fun. In some ways we have things in common but she is much more fearless than I am. I think playing the role is teaching me to take more chances and be more courageous.

5 In real life, which of the six girls is most like you!

I think I am most like Kylah, however there are definitely characteristics in all six girls which I can relate to. I believe anyone that sees the show will find something in the girls that they can relate to, or they will remember these girls from school.

Kirsty MacLaren as Manda.
Kirsty MacLaren as Manda.

MANDA

Kirsty MacLaren

1 A five-word description of your character?

Manda – Fun-loving, fierce, compassionate, impulsive, loyal.

2 Your favourite song from the show?

Shine A Little Love.

3 What is the best/most memorable trip you went on during your school days?

When I was in fourth year, I went on a speed boat trip round Little Cumbrae. This was arranged to apologise for an earlier trip to London that went slightly awry due to traffic problems. Alas, the Great Scottish Summer did us proud again, and we were told to prepare for a night on the un-inhabited island due to storms. However, we made it back to the mainland during a brief dry spell, and it turned out to be one of the most fun school trips we went on.

4 What’s the best thing about playing the role?

The best thing about playing the role is the fun you get to have onstage every night. Every show feels different somehow, and working with the other girls really mirrors the fun that the characters experienced during their crazy day.

5 In real life, which of the six girls is most like you?

In real life, I am definitely Kay Clarke. I was always the studious one who kept my head down and worked hard. I’d have loved to have been like Manda though -–she manages to have such good fun!

 

Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour is on at Eden Court, Inverness, on Friday (Sept 18) and Saturday (Sept 19) at 8pm.

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