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23rd Feb 2018 - 2nd Jun 2018

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Greta Scacchi on The Glass Menagerie

Tell us about your character
Amanda has been a struggling single mother since her husband walked out 16 years ago when her son and daughter were five and seven years old. She has very high standards and when it all gets too much she finds refuge in memory and the nostalgia for her youthful days in a more romantic place.

All of the characters in The Glass Menagerie have complex relationships with each other. How are you going to approach bringing them to life effectively?
We are starting by working through discussion and improvisation exercises using research material from the period combined with relating personal experience.

What do you like about your character and why?
I like the layers and contradictions in Amanda. She has suffered trauma but in her quest to be a good mother, she clutches at the glorified memories of the past to make sense of her predicament and translate the present reality into something more positive.

What research have you done to help inform your character?
I am reading Tennessee Williams' autobiography Memories and have been surprised and inspired by how closely particular one of his plays relates to details of his own background and relationships. To really understand what the characters are going through (the guilt, blame, and denial) it is essential to get an idea of the social restraints at the time.