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Interview with Connie Walker from the cast of Trestle

Trestle: Connie Walker and Gary Lilburn
Trestle: Connie Walker and Gary Lilburn

Cathal Cleary directs Trestle starring Connie Walker as Denise and Gary Lilburn as Harry. Off West End Award-winner Frankie Bradshaw designs, with lighting from Johanna Town and sound by Richard Hammarton, the team behind Papatango’s 2016 production Orca.

Trestle tenderly but truthfully explores love and ageing, asking how we choose to live in the face of soaring life expectancies. Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down, his autumn years spent quietly caring for the community he loves. Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. When their paths cross at the village hall, their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably. What do community, growing old, and falling in love really mean? And who gets to decide anyway?

Our Q&A with Connie Walker:

Q: What were your first thoughts when you heard about Trestle?
Connie: Beautifully observed characters, Stuart has the ability to truly write a woman with guts, heart and wonderful one-liners!
So the blunt, Denise, who says it how it is… no frills… with the conservative, straight-laced Harry makes a delicious, funny, laugh out loud mix! Fun, Fun, Fun!

Q: What can you tell us about the play and what is at the heart of it?
Connie: Two people who are in the autumn of their lives come across each other in a Temperance Hall, in a small Yorkshire town. Harry has a committee meeting and Denise is running Zumba straight after, and their chance meeting one week between classes become a regular slot they both look forward to… friendship grows, love sizzles, and laughs are had!

Q: You play the part of Denise – can you tell us about her?
Connie: The wonderful Denise is fun, witty, sassy, decided life is too short to roll and die gracefully and decides to grab life by the short and curlies before it’s too late and find happiness.
She is going to fill her life with as much laughter, love and fun as she can cram in before she is put out to pasture.

Q: How do you feel about playing in a two-hander?
Connie: Thrilled, excited, a little scary but working with Stuart’s words feels like a big hug around you, it’s so honest and truthful.
Parts like this don’t come around very often, especially for women and especially not as well written as this!

Q: Why should everyone get along to see Trestle?
Connie: Be the first audience to see this wonderful new play… then in the future you can say you were there!
I’m really excited and honoured to be the first to do this part and piece and hope I can do the writer, Stuart Pringle and ‘TRESTLE’ justice!

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Connie Walker plays Denise. Her theatre includes The March on Russia (Orange Tree Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Northampton & UK tour), FOLK (Birmingham Rep & tour), Seeing the Lights, Kes and Top Girls (New Vic Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, UK tour and Barbican), You Like It and Hay fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), Spring Awakening (Novello Theatre), Plunder (Watermill Theatre & Greenwich Theatre), Inside Out (Arcola Theatre & UK tour), Happy Birthday Brecht (National Theatre) and Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange). For television, her credits include Vera, Scott & Bailey, Silent Witness, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, New Tricks, Blackpool, M.I.T. and The Vice; and for film, The Darkest Light.

5-star Review of Trestle at Southwark Playhouse London

Trestle
cast: Connie Walker as Denise and Gary Lilburn as Harry
Director: Cathal Cleary; Designer: Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer: Johanna Town; Sound Designer: Richard Hammarton
Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD
1st to 25th November 2017
www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

 

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