60 Seconds with the Cast of A Haunting...

Posted on 4 October 2017

Ahead of their first performance of A Haunting, we caught up with the cast in rehearsal to find out a bit more about the production and what they’ve been getting up to in rehearsal.

So who’s who?
Jake Curran – Ghost
Helin Belbin – Anna
Roly Botha – Mark

Where are you from?
Helen: Born in Ireland but grew up in Scotland from the age of 7
Roly: Originally, I’m from the Isle of Wight and grew up there and in New Zealand.
Jake: I’m from London originally but am currently in Margate, Kent

Great to hear you’re all from different areas! Tell us about your route into theatre?
Jake: Well I have to walk, both to rehearsal and the show at least part of the way but often for several hours. It’s a great way to go over lines, notes and ideas. I find it burns off excess nerves too.

That’s great Jake, but I meant, how did you get into theatre?
Jake: Oh I see, haha, I trained at Drama Centre London (1999-2001) under its founders Christopher Fettes and Yat Malmgren.

Helen: I originally studied performance at the University of Northumbria, before going on to train at Drama Studio London (2008).

Roly: Well I didn’t actually go to Drama School, I finished school and went to train with the National Youth Theatre for a month. After that I just applied and auditioned for everything I could, before landing Strangers In Between at the King’s Head which kicked off everything for me.

Tell us more about what you’ve been up to?
Roly: Other than A Haunting at VAULT Festival and Strangers in Between at The King’s Head which is now transferring to London’s Trafalgar Studios, I’ve played Alan Strang in the Peter Shaffer Memorial Gala at National Theatre directed by Jamie Glover. I’ve also been on tour with Kinetics for DT2 Productions, and I’ve had some television appearances in Doctors, Eastenders and Casualty for the BBC. Oh and I’ve been a part of two short films: Playing Field, Hillfort Productions and Wolves, LFS, which was nominated for Best British Short at the Iris International Film Prize 2017.

Jake: I’ve also been in A Haunting before, both at Festival 46 (King’s Head Theatre) and VAULT Festival and I’m an Associate Artist with the theatre company Rough Haired Pointer. Other than that my TV credits include: Primeval, Criminal Justice, Waking the Dead, Whitechapel and Spotless. While my Film credits include: Oliver Twist, The New World, Stardust, Robin Hood, Fury and the upcoming releases, Journeys End and Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

Helen: This will be my first time performing in A Haunting, so I’m excited to get started! For Screen I’ve been in: Mad to be Normal, Waterboys, Silent Witness, Call the Midwife and Wolfblood. For Theatre I’ve performed in: About Last Night (Arcola); Kings (Smoke & Oakum/ VAULT Festival); The Non Stop Connolly Show, Flouers O’ Edinburgh, Northern Star (Finborough); Verdict (Agatha Christie Theatre Company).
And I’ve also done quite a bit of Radio & V/O for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Learning English.

Got any interesting facts for us?
Roly: hmm. I’m a black and gold sash instructor of traditional southern Chinese Kung Fu. Not sure if that counts?
Jake: I gave Roly his last haircut! I’m a full trained barber. When I’m not working as an actor I can be found at Hobbs Barber in the heart of Borough Market.

Do you remember your first experience of the internet?
Jake: I first accessed the internet on a hand-me-down Macintosh laptop the size of two paving slabs. It was dial up and sounded like aliens fighting in a drainpipe, it took forever and I never made it to an actual website. I didn’t honestly think it would catch on.
Helen: No internet growing up, a few computers in secondary school and you went to the library to study at Uni. I remember handing in a handwritten essay in approx. 2001.
Roly: I can’t really remember my first experience of the Internet, it’s pretty much been around for my whole life. It was probably looking up hints on how to complete The Curse of Monkey Island (an old school PC game).

A Haunting runs on the B2 stage on Tues 4 & Weds 5 Oct. Grab your tickets now by calling the Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or book online.

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