11 August 2021
In this episode of Through Rose Tinted Specs, Chris chats with esteemed actor Olivia Vinall. Olivia has played major roles at the National Theatre and has worked alongside several critically acclaimed directors, such as Nicholas Hytner and Sam Mendes. She is also known for her performances in Apple Tree Yard, The Woman in White & Queens of Mystery. More recently she was seen on our televisions last year in the BBC’s political thriller Roadkill starring opposite Hugh Laurie.
Topics include: the sudden closure of theatres and the effect on cast & companies; remaining creative and motivated throughout the pandemic; difficulties faced by emerging students and graduates; Olivia’s journey to becoming an actor; growing up in Belgium and the stylistic differences between British & Belgian theatre; ushering at The Royal Court; meeting Chris at the National Student Drama Festival; working with Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre and how it changed the path of her career; Sam Mendes’ collaborative approach whilst directing King Lear; the differences and similarities between approaching stage and screen roles; the impact of actors on the development and evolution of a script during the rehearsal process; taking inspiration from Adrian Lester and Cate Blanchett; advice for early-career actors.