All My Sons by Arthur Miller is at the Rose Theatre Kingson, opening on 2nd November, with previews from 28th October, and running until 19th November 2016.
Award-winning Michael Rudman directs David Horovitch as Joe Keller and Penny Downie as Kate Keller with Alex Waldmann (Chris Keller), Grace Carter (Lydia Lubey), Edward Harrison (George Deever), William Meredith (Frank Lubey), Alison Pargeter (Sue Bayliss), David Partridge (Jim Bayliss) and Francesca Zoutewelle (Ann Deever).
Joe Keller is a thriving businessman who, during World War II, knowingly supplied the American airforce with defective engines, leading to the deaths of innocent pilots. To avoid the blame, he let his business partner take the fall, but during a Sunday afternoon, Joe is confronted by the consequences of his moral actions as a visitor arrives to reveal a secret that will rip his family apart.
A compelling story of love, guilt and the corrupting power of greed, All My Sons sealed Arthur Miller’s reputation as one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th Century.
Grace Carter, who plays the part of Lydia Lubey, recently took time out to answer a few questions about the production.
Q: What are you looking forward to most with being a part of this production?
Grace: I am most looking forward to bringing one of my favourite plays to life. It’s a pleasure to work with such good writing and outstanding actors. It so exciting to be part of one of the best plays out there. To watch relationships take form off the page and into reality.
Q: You play the part of Lydia Lubey. What can you tell us about her?
Grace: Lydia lives next door to the Kellers and has not left Ohio since she was born. She’s a beautifully optimistic woman who decided she wanted to have a life worth living and settles down early on. At 27 she has had three children by the time the action starts. You see a lifestyle typical of that era reflected in her character. Interested in the comings and goings of the town and involved with her neighbours she has a great attitude to life which is great to play.
Q: Arthur Miller is the writer of All My Sons. How have you found working with the text?
Grace: Arthur Miller is an exceptional writer and seems to address issues in the very behavioural patterns of the characters. I hope to honour his writing but so far it’s been easy to be natural as its so well written!
Q: Do you have a specific method of learning a script?
Grace: I often learn my lines as I rehearse. Repetition is essential (much to the annoyance of my housemates) but often when there is motivation and physical action put in – you learn it by rehearsing it on its feet.
The lines for me tend to stick better then.
Q: Can you tell us about the audition process and rehearsals?
Grace: The audition was relatively simple for me – it’s not a huge role so we got it on its feet and I was given some redirection and discussed the character – how I interpreted her and played the scenes a little again and that was it. However, I think it was a lengthier process for those with those huge parts!
Q: What is at the heart of All My Sons?
Grace: Morals and family values seem to be at the heart. What each person in the play does and behaves in order to survive. How far would you go to protect what you’ve spent your life creating and to maintain that.
Q: Why should everyone get along to see the production?
Grace: I think it will be an exciting production to watch. Michael, our director has worked with Arthur Miller and has a unique take on the play. From what I’ve seen I think it will be very raw and refreshingly honest.
Grace Carter plays Lydia Lubey. For theatre, her credits include Ernest The Pale Moon (The Egg, Bath
and Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh), The Hotel (Edinburgh Festival), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(Curve Leicester), Coram Boy (Colston Hall), The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre) and Alice’s
Adventures Underground (The Vaults). For film her credits include Almost Obsolete and Between You
All My Sons
Rose Theatre Kingston
24-26 High Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1HL
Age Restrictions: Recommended for 12+, younger at parental discretion.
Booking From: 28th October 2016
Booking Until: 19th November 2016