Jade Williams will perform Everywoman, the one-woman show, directed by Amelia Sears and written anonymously, which opens at The Bunker Theatre on 18 February, with previews from 17 February and runs until 22 February.
Inspired by the 15th century play ‘Everyman’, Everywoman questions why is it that only stories with men at their hearts are seen as universal, and why have female writers throughout history chosen anonymity?
You’re starring in Everywoman at The Bunker Theatre, what can you tell us about it?
It’s a beautiful, funny, confessional one woman show, about the joys and difficulties of being a woman.
What first attracted you to the role?
Like all good acting jobs – the writing. I identified so much with the play and actually, ‘anonymous’ and I are in fairly different places in our lives and yet so much was familiar to me. The opportunity to work with Amelia again was too delicious to turn down – she’s ferociously brilliant and challenging in the very best way.
It’s been written anonymously, but what had impressed you the most about the way it has been written?
I think its honesty is the most impressive thing about it. Also, ‘anonymous’ writes with so much compassion and empathy. The play has a big, messy heart.
How does it feel knowing you’ll be one of the last people to perform at The Bunker Theatre before it closes?
It feels important. Theatres like The Bunker will ensure that the theatre has a future. It’s developing brave, radical new work and creating new diverse, audiences. I very much hope it finds a new home soon.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge for you as a performer with this play?
It requires a lot of bravery and focus. Also, the schedule has been designed to enable parents and carers to come and see the play, so we have matinees every day that have free childcare alongside them. I’m going to need lots of stamina and rest. I’m very proud to be working with a bunch of people who feel passionate about offering free childcare and they’ve pulled it off with very limited resources. We’ve had two weeks of rehearsals which is the shortest rehearsal period I’ve ever had, but there’s a by-the-seat-of-your-pants thrill about that!
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Everywoman?
Just come! There’s a whole festival of stuff happening alongside the show so have a look at what’s on and book in for a few things. But maybe leave your Phillip Roth books at home………..