Bryony Miller stars as Mary in the British stage première of Salt-Water Moon by Canadian playwright David French.
Peter Kavanagh directs Bryony Miller as Mary, and Joseph Potter as Jacob. A heartbreakingly romantic exploration of young love, set against the shores of Newfoundland at the edge of the British Empire in 1926.
The play opens at Finborough Theatre on 5th January, with previews from 3 January, and runs until 28 January 2023.
You’re starring in Salt-Water Moon at Finborough Theatre, what can you tell us about the play?
Salt-Water Moon is an award-winning Canadian play – and this is its UK première! The writing is full of emotion and raw human conflict, in the setting of Newfoundland in 1926! Not a place I have seen dramatised very much… Two young lovers are grappling with suddenly being reunited again, and the social, economic and personal struggles that surround them. It’s beautiful.
What was it about David French’s script that made you want to be part of this production?
The writing is so truthful, and nothing felt black and white about the characters – their emotional journey through the play changes constantly, and in an instant the air and interaction between them flips. It broke my heart, as well as making me laugh. As soon as I read Mary’s lines, I knew I wanted to bring her to life.
Why do you think this story of young love will appeal to audiences?
It’s a forbidden love, and the whole way through the play the audience is asking will they or won’t they. It feels full of chemistry, and I think audiences will be rooting for them – but I can’t reveal any more than that! You’ll have to come see it to find out if they get together…
Tell us a little about Mary, what do you like most about the character?
Mary is a very strong person, and I have such admiration for her. The love for her sister really struck me, and against such a fireball of a character like Jacob, she completely holds her own. I love the playfulness that pops out with them, and how dynamic their relationship feels.
You’re starring alongside Joseph Potter, what’s it like being part of a two-hander and what opportunities and challenges does it present for an actor?
It’s by far the most lines I’ve ever had to learn! Any nerves I had completely disappeared when I met Joe – his energy is so compelling, and running the play together is an incredible whirlwind. The energies are very raw in it, (and in a 2 hander there’s not much get out time for us!) but it zips along and I hope the audiences will be at the edge of their seats with anticipation!
What would you say to anyone thinking about booking to see Salt-Water Moon?