Interview with Daphne Alexander
Daphne Alexander who was born in Cyprus into a lawyer based family has a very interesting story to tell. I first met Daphne when attending to review City Stories, having done my pre-show research I was intrigued to find out more. So here, in her own words, are the questions I wanted to hear the answers to.
1) At what age did you realise you wanted to be an actress?
My journey started with a law degree! I was born in Cyprus into a family of lawyers so that was the done thing. But I wanted to be an actress since I was a child, and took part in some stage and film productions in Cyprus before getting into LAMDA, which was a dream come true.
2) What’s been your favourite role to date?
Audrey in Lullaby, of course!
3) Is there one role that you’ve always wanted to play but has alluded you at present?
I want to take part in a Shakespeare play. Any Shakespeare heroine, really. They are all such intelligent, strong, opinionated women! And that’s why I love City Stories, because these stories are like old-fashioned soliloquies, and the connection and intimacy with the audience is electrifying.
4) How long have you been involved in City Stories?
From the start! James Phillips, the writer and director, got Sarah Quintrell, Louisa Clein and myself heading the 3 original stories: Narcissi, The Great Secret and Lullaby. Rosabella did the music. Tom Gordon and Penelope McGhie also took part, as well as Kirsten Turner producing and David Farley designing.
5) What shows have you enjoyed watching recently outside of the one’s you are involved with?
James Phillips’ latest offering, McQueen at St James’, is an amazing spectacle, not to be missed. Recently, I was very moved by a show Cheek by Jowl’s Russian Measure for Measure at the Barbican. And last week I caught Lyndsey Turner’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire which was terrific.
6) City Stories from an observer seems to feel like a family environment how did you all meet?
You’re absolutely right, it’s always been a family environment. Rosabella and I knew each other from our university years. Her twin sister Dina and I went to Somerville College together and I would see Rosabella now and then when she’d come up to visit her sister. And then, years later, Rosie and I reconnected on Twitter, at approximately the same time that James and I had started discussing the possibility of City Stories. I introduced James and Rosabella – and the rest is serendipitous history!
7) What do you enjoy doing most filming for films and television or theatre?
As a matter of fact, I started off doing much more television and film. My first job out of LAMDA was playing nurse Nadia Talianos on BBC’s Casualty. I actually love all mediums and am thrilled whenever I get the opportunity to collaborate with talented people and to tackle inspiring, well-written scripts. I also love radio, and really enjoy portraying the legendary Modesty Blaise in the eponymous continuing series.
8) What’s does the future hold for you Daphne, what’s your next project?
The day after we finish City Stories, I’m off to Sheffield Crucible to start rehearsals on James Phillips’ new (and very epic) version of Camelot, with a wonderful theatre company called Slung Low. It’s on between 8-18 July.
9) Who would you consider to be the most positive influence in the world today and why?
I would have to say, Malala Yousafzai, the extraordinary 17- year old Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever Nobel laureate. She is an inspiration to us all!
10) If you could have a super power what would it be?
Read people’s minds, and the future…