Kiln Theatre presents Wife by Samuel Adamson from 30th May to 6th July 2019.
“I don’t believe that I’m nothing but a daughter and a wife and a mother. I’m a human being”
It’s 1959. Daisy is at a crossroads. Married to Robert but in love with Suzannah, her moral compass tells her to go one way, society the other. What she chooses to do next will have consequences for generations to come.
Karen Fishwick, who plays Daisy and Clare, answered a few questions about the production.
Q: What attracted you to be a part of Wife?
Karen: Lots of things. It’s very different from the job I’d just finished so that grabbed my attention straight off. I’m just really really enticed by not only the work that the Kiln is producing but also how it’s serving its community. I bought a ticket for White Teeth and the website gives you the option to donate another ticket to someone who’s never been to the theatre and might never have the chance, I thought “wow, yes, I like what this place is doing”. I feel like what Indhu is leading here, really matters. It’s drawing people together. We need that.
Q: What can you tell us about the production?
Karen: Samuel Adamson has created an incredible script and it’s bursting with the big (and little) ideas of how we negotiate relationships. It spans from 1959 to the year 2042, over different relations all in the same family tree who have been to see ‘A Doll’s House’. It’s been fascinating to tune into how we’ve changed, the challenges we face about knowing who we really are and what’s at stake.
Q: Can you tell us about your characters?
Karen: Daisy (1959) is in a practical marriage, repressed but deeply in love with another woman. It’s a complicated and painful situation for her in a time when many ‘issues’ were taboo. She’s at a crossroads and the direction she chooses is the catalyst for the rest of the play. Then I’m Clare (2019); engaged to Finn and seeking answers/a bond with a man who was the love of her late father’s life. When things don’t work out the way she hoped, she questions how far we’ve come in 2019 – have we actually progressed in our identity or are things easier now for those who didn’t need to fight the cause? Finally, I play Daisy (2042) who is fantastically liberated! Young and inspired, ‘A Doll’s House’ has helped her make sense of her life but she discovers there is still work to do. It’s a huge challenge playing the different parts because they all have so much depth but it’s a total joy too.
Q: Why should everyone get along to see Wife?
Karen: I genuinely think it will be relatable to so many people. And this cast are blowing my tiny mind, they and the whole team here are amazing to work with. The design is going to be pretty damn cool too. Fair to say, I’m excited, yes. And it’s FUNNY. And heartbreaking. (And short! Everyone loves a short show. I’m probably not meant to say that).
Q: What next for you in 2019?
Karen: Who knows! I’m going to snoop around London. Hopefully, meet some good people. Make some good work. Maybe I’ll take up tennis.
SAMUEL ADAMSON – WRITER
INDHU RUBASINGHAM – DIRECTOR
RICHARD KENT – DESIGNER
GUY HOARE – LIGHTING DESIGNER
ALEX CAPLEN – SOUND DESIGNER
DAVID SHRUBSOLE – COMPOSER
DIANE ALISON-MITCHELL – MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
BREMAN RAJKUMAR – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
SARAH BIRD – CASTING DIRECTOR
DANIELE LYDON – VOICE COACH
RICHARD CANT – PETER, IVAR AT 58, LANDLORD
KAREN FISHWICK – DAISY, CLARE
PAMELA HARDMAN – CHARACTER ACTRESS, MARJORIE, EMBASSY ASSISTANT
JOSHUA JAMES – ROBERT, FINN, IVAR AT 28
CALAM LYNCH – ERIC, CAS
SIRINE SABA – SUZANNAH