Sunday, 1 December 2013

The Jungle Book - An interview with stage manager Sylvia Darkwa Ohemeng


What is your role on The Jungle Book?
I am the Stage Manager

What attracted you to the show?
The childhood memories of the cartoon!

Who's your favourite character?
I personally love Baloo

Are you similar to to him?
A little personality wise, he's so care free and loves life!

Do you have a favourite line or scene?
The 3 travelling to Africa,(Mao/Tabaqui/Ikki) They are sooo funny! 'You poke him! No you poke him!'

What would you say to anyone who hasn't seen the show yet?
Come and relive your childhood and get to know the characters that were forgotten about in the story.

What have you done in the past in your career?
Well, my main theatre is Oval House but i freelance elsewhere when i am not working at that venue.
I have worked on plays by Arinze Kene, directed by Che Walker ('Little Baby Jesus', 'Estate Walls') and work by Bola Agbaje, ('Take a Deep Breath and Breathe', 'House of Corrections'). I have also worked at the Edinburgh Festival: Underbelly Venue, 'A Guide to Second Date Sex' and 'Strong Arm' which was part of the Old Vic New Voices Season. Other venues include: Old Vic Tunnels/Old Vic/Royal Academy of Music/Royal Opera House (Lindbury Studios)/Riverside Studios/The Bussey Building/Westminster Hall/The Cockpit Theatre/Unicorn Theatre/Soho Theatre/RichMix/Lyric Hammersmith(Studio)/The Pleasance Theatre/Theatre 503/Orchard Theatre and Shoreditch Festival.

How did you get into your profession?
It was by accident but i had seemed to have most of the right qualities of an SM before i even knew what the profession was!
I was a musician in a Musical i did with a Youth Theatre company called DreamArts at the Cochrane Theatre, i loved it but i wanted to know what went on backstage and i came back the following year to help backstage and ended up being the DSM and i absolutely enjoyed the adrenaline rush i got from running the show and keeping my 'Book' organised. I then did my Bronze and Silver Arts Award and I decided to take it further; went to Drama School and graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2011.
I have never looked back since and have been an SM for about 6/7 years.

Do you have any advice for anyone hoping to work in the technical field of theatre?
Join any youth group and get to know the craft you want to be in, just to make sure you want to persue it further.
Go and watch theatre and know what genre you like and what you can see yourself doing.

What are you up to when The Jungle Book ends?
Watch this space! I think it may have something to do with a mad scientist!

The Jungle Book runs Dec 3rd 2013 - Jan 5th 2014 at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London.
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