Have you ever acted in a play?
Yes. Lots. From 'Cinderella', and 'Richard III' to 'Little Shop of Horrors'! My favourite was probably 'Cabaret'. Although that's a musical, rather than a play.
Who is your favourite actor?
That's a really hard question as there are lots of actors I admire... I thought Matt Smith was amazing as Doctor Who. He captured the age of the Doctor, even though he's so young, which is incredibly skilled. I've worked with Ian McKellen, and think he's remarkable. For me, some of the best actors are the ones where you just can't seem to look away when they're on stage/screen. I also think some of the young actors I've worked with in the last 5 years are amongst the best I've ever seen. They have an honesty on stage, and just seem so truthful, that you can't help being moved by them - either to laugh, cry, bite your nails... whatever. It's such a privilege to work with them.
or anger on stage can help you work through your own feelings too. It gives me a place to get it out! I've always enjoyed the thrill of being on stage too - the feeling of hundreds of eyes watching you, feeling proud when what I do moves people to laugh or cry, and the fear of it all going horribly wrong!
What are your acting ambitions?
These days, I'd think of it more as performing than acting. Performing will always be part of who I am, so I feel as though something is missing if I don't do it for a while. Recently I've had a chance to perform a couple of times, which has been wonderful. I do hope to get more chances to perform in the near future. I've never been interested in being famous or any of that nonsense, but I would like people to watch me and think, 'she's pretty good!' That's enough for me.
What do you hope to achieve through TVYT?
I want TVYT to be a place where young people feel they belong, and that they can come together and create amazing theatre. I'm really proud of where TVYT has gone in the last few years, and now it's our flagship for developing youth theatre across Northumberland. I really hope in the next few years we can take TVYT to new places, to showcase the excellent work we do. I'm excited to support those members of TVYT who are interested to work in the arts (not just as performers) to do so. I'd like to offer work experience and training programmes in all areas of theatre production and running a company. I also want TVYT to be somewhere that professionals working in the arts want to come and work, because they know they are going to get great projects to work on. Maybe in a few years down the track, former TVYT members will come back to work with us as professionals..? That would be magnificent.
What is your favourite TVYT play?
That's a really tough one... I've liked elements of so many of them. I don't think I can choose just one... I liked the death scene in 'Two Households', the grannies and chorus in 'Remedies', the blindfolded scenes in 'Sleepy', the staging in 'Light and Fire', 'Witch' and 'The Boy who never...' and 'Heritage' is really close to my heart as we had an intense time working on it. There're just too much I'm proud of to choose one!
Where/who was your inspiration?
I've always tried to look for inspiration all the time. You never know when it's going to hit you - picture, a TV show, being on top of a mountain, something you overhear someone say, something you read. I carry a notebook most places I go, to make sure I don't forget too many inspiring moments. The last TVYT show was inspired by a trip I took to Spain last year where I went to Micro Teatro in Valencia. I didn't understand the plays I saw (I don't speak Spanish) but it was such a great concept, that I thought we could try it out in TVYT.
Also, the best piece of advice I was ever given was - 'To thine own self be true', which is a quote from Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. It's one of my favourite plays, but being true to yourself, what you believe in and what makes you happy, is such great advice and something I try and live by every single day.
Where is the most famous/biggest venue you have acted in?
I worked in Duke of York's Theatre in the West End of London once - that was incredible - especially as the Prime Minister was there too! The Theatre Royal in Newcastle was pretty special too!
Thanks for your blog Hannah!
Not only is it really interesting to get into the mind of Kiz Crosbie, but it is also really useful for our Arts Award.
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