Samarge Hamilton appears in Albatross from represent., a theatre company for actors from a lower socioeconomic background, opening on 25 October, with previews from 20 October and runs until 6 November at The Playground Theatre.
The cast also appear in rep with Interruptions opening on 22 November with previews from 17 November and running until 4 December at Jacksons Lane Theatre as part of their inaugural season. The company will provide the cast with an acting apprenticeship where they can develop their craft, earning a London living wage.
Samarge Hamilton appears alongside Emily Pemberton, Aaron Douglas, Sarel Madziya, Nemide May and Loussin-Torah Pilikian.
You’re appearing in Albatross with represent., what can you tell us about the show?
Let me keep it short and simple because I don’t want to overshare and give the whole show away. You’ll see a group of people who are trying their best in their current situation. You get to see them in one situation and then immediately in the next scene you see another side of them, where they may contradict what they have just done or said. Humans that’s what we do.
Tell us a little about represent., and what their mission is?
represent. are a professional theatre company who are creating an opportunity for actors who are from lower socio-economic backgrounds. I believe the mission is to give people a chance/opportunity who wouldn’t be able to afford it for various reasons. With represent. also being a repertory company, it really challenges and broadens the skill set and helps us discover things we never would have thought we were capable of.
Why do you think this is more important than ever?
I believe society is trying to be more equal and give opportunity to people who previously wouldn’t receive it or were unaware of it, theatre is no different. I feel it’s more important than ever because we want to keep making progress and being inclusive for all. I think we’ll have a better society/world if everyone feels seen and a part of it.
How did you first get involved with the company?
I first got involved with the company when a good friend Alice sent me the audition link she saw on social media. I’m super grateful she sent it because if she didn’t, I’m sure I wouldn’t be answering these questions right now.
What have you enjoyed most about exploring Isley Lynn’s script during rehearsals?
I have enjoyed the collaborative process because the writer is in the room so if you have questions or need some guidance, Isley is right there. She has guided/given pointers but has done well not to give us the answer. This has allowed us to explore/research and come to the meaning/message of the story on our own.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Albatross?
Firstly, I would say come! Secondly, you’ll see a microcosm of society and you will either agree or disagree with a lot of what you see. Some of the topics are decisive and it will generate conversation that’s for sure. It may split the audience because we as the cast were split on certain topics that are addressed.
What’s next for represent. company?
The company will begin to start rehearsals for our next play at Jacksons Lane called Interruptions which depicts an imaginary country preparing for an election and going through a coup. It will be very high energy and fun, so come and see that too!