10 questions for 10 years – Laura Atherton

Rumour has it imitating the dog’s Laura Atherton is something of a quiz expert so who else should I turn to to tackle Ten Questions for Ten Years

  • Where were you 10 years ago?

    I was in my first year of living in London and slowly working out how to manage to live and work as an actor in this big, expensive city!!

  • Best show you’ve seen in the last 10 years?

    This is difficult!! Kafka’s Monkey made a big impression on me with Kathryn Hunter’s virtuosic performance. Wild Bore was a hilarious show that I often think about. Emilia is an absolute joy and should be seen by everyone. And for the whole spectacle and theatricality I would add Tristan and Yseult by Kneehigh.

  • What has been your professional highlight of the last 10 years?

    Last summer I travelled to Hong King and Indonesia to perform Nocturnes with imitating the dog. It was an incredible experience. The show was brilliantly received, we met amazing people and our days off were filled with fantastic sightseeing!!

  • Top flavour of interval ice-cream?

    I would always go for a glass of wine over ice cream…

  • What show do you wish theatres would give a rest for a few years?

    I think a little less Shakespeare would be helpful. Is that too broad? I really just wish theatres would give female voices more space.

  • Name someone who you think is a really underappreciated talent (in the world of theatre)?

    I know she is appreciated but I still can’t quite get over The Globe failing to appreciate Emma Rice’s brilliant theatrical vision.

  • Elphaba or Glinda?


  • What is one thing that you think would help theatre survive and/or thrive the next ten years?

    We need the government to start to truly appreciate theatre and the arts. But on an individual level I think we can support theatres by attending as often as we can, and going to as many different spaces as we can.

  • Which is your favourite theatre?

    Programme wise the Young Vic is my firm favourite. For the actual theatre Theatre by the Lake is my current favourite after a brilliant week there in April.

  • Can you say anything about what’s to come for you, (in the next ten years or otherwise)?

    There are some shows in the pipeline with imitating the dog that I’m looking forward to being involved in, and I am currently working on creating a show, which I did a scratch of at Theatre Deli in February.

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