"I’ve really thrown myself into the deep end with a bit of Sondheim"
'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' runs from Thursday 15th September until Saturday 17th at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking - tickets are going fast. You can book now at our box office (and still get your choice of performance & seat!)
Your Name: Suzanne Vermiglio
Your Role: I play a waitress first in a pub then in Mrs Lovett’s pie shop. I’m also a lunatic in the asylum.
Tell us about your character: I’ve really enjoyed being a lunatic – I’m channelling my inner nutcase and having fun expressing it!
Your favourite lyric your character has (… or one you’re struggling to memorise!): That’s a tricky one! I quite enjoy City on Fire from a purely masochistic point of view – particularly the fact that as soon as we think we’ve got it, the lyrics change. Pesky Sondheim!
Everyone knows something of the Sweeney Todd story, but what extra do you think we will get from the Simply version of this Sondheim telling? The sorrow and desperation of Sweeney really comes out, I think. The fact that he is slitting throats not just because he thinks it’s brilliant fun, but because he has been driven insane by grief and a lack of control over his own life is really clear.
What’s your favourite song in the show and why? I love ‘Try the Priest’. Every time I hear it I laugh, there are just so many funny bits!
What other shows have you done? The last show I did was Bugsy Malone when I was in Year 7! I’ve not done anything like this for a very long time, and I’ve really thrown myself into the deep end with a bit of Sondheim. I don’t think it will be quite so long before I’m back again though!
What musical moment first made you think, “I want to do that!”? Every musical moment ever! I’ve always loved singing and dancing (usually in the private of my own kitchen) but I’ve always harboured a secret desire to do it for real. Watching a friend of mine do shows with her society in Oxford over the last few years only made it me want to do it more.
What are you enjoying most about being part of Simply Theatre? All of it! The Simply gang are so lovely. They’ve really made me feel welcome and there’s always someone to look after me when my inexperience is making me a bit unsure. I’m loving every single minute of being involved with Simply Theatre.What else do you do besides singing, dancing & acting? In real life I’m a secondary school teacher but when I’m not planning or marking I enjoy being outside. I’ve just got back into running and am training for a 10K in October and I’m also trying to remember how to windsurf!