Lighting Designer Catherine Webb answers our Jekyll and Hyde Q & A.
If you had an alter-ego, who would they be?
Kate Griffin - the fantasy writer. There's so many things about that answer that make me happy, but probably confuse everyone else... seriously, just look her up...
Who do you prefer - Jekyll or Hyde?
Tragically, I'm a boring kinda gal and prefer Jekyll. I mean, I get the whole sexy/dangerous aspect of Hyde, but at the end of the day is he going to do the washing up? Can he cook? Does he give good foot rubs? These things matter.
Favouroute song from Jekyll and Hyde?
Not sure I can answer that one. I've been listening to 'Confrontation' a lot, but that's mostly because I still don't know how the hell I'm gonna light it.
Most embarrassing thing to happen to you during a show?
Corpsing during a performance of Frankenstein. I was on follow spot and my lamp was really sensitive to the touch. I'd been good all run, but this one night when the actor fell out of the incubation machine at the top of the show (bear in mind that this guy was stark bollocks naked!), someone said something that was just plain wrong on cans and for the first - and last! - time on that job, I corpsed. Resulting in the beam of light I was controlling just wobbling up and down like a fish all over stage. Which was unfortunate, as it was the only light actually illuminating the said naked actor. It looked like the poor guy was trapped in a Gothic disco and I spent a good five minutes just struggling not to hyperventilate.
Best piece of theatre you’ve seen?
Oh, dilemma...there's a lot of candidates out there... I do have a serious soft spot for Shakespeare. There was a production of Henry IV; at the very end of the play Hal turns round to Falstaff and has this whole spiel about how their friendship meant nothing, means nothing, and how the guy has to p!%s off and never come back, and I remember about half way through this having to physically force myself to breathe.
Favourite London Landmark?
Way too many to chose from, but if I had to pick...a bridge across the river. Possibly Waterloo Bridge. The Thames in general makes me very, very happy.
If you could have invented one thing, what would it have been?
Anti-light. Seriously, it would be so nice if we could just light the thing we want lit without having all that icky spill flying off around them.
If you could invite three people (living or dead) to a dinner party, who would they be?
Michael Faraday, Suleyman the Magnificant and George Orwell. I'll leave you to work out why.
What three words would you use to describe Jekyll and Hyde?
Yes but no.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
'None of these people will ever see you ever again....'
Jekyll and Hyde opens Wednesday 16th May 2012 and runs until Saturday 16th June 2012.
Performances take place Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 6pm. There will be an extra Saturday matinee on 16th June at 3pm.
Tickets: £20 (£18 concessions)
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