A Day in the Life of...Andrew Ashford

Posted on 26 January 2015

We caught up with Andrew Ashford, who plays the character of Boar in Only A Day to find out more about life in rehearsal, his perfect 24 hours plus which animal he would most like to be in the world…..if only for a day!

Tell us a little about your character in ‘Only A Day’?
I play the Wild Boar – a larger than life character who can get very emotional, but whose heart is in the right place.

What’s the best thing about your job?
No two days are ever the same! I can be learning a dance one day and singing the next. I get to play different types of people and (hopefully) bring enjoyment to audiences.

What was your favourite book growing up?
Boy by Roald Dahl. I love Roald Dahl’s storytelling and to read about his early years was wonderful as a child.

What’s your earliest memory of visiting the theatre?
At the risk of showing my age here…Seeing Barnum at the London Palladium with Michael Crawford, his performance was spellbinding. The tightrope walks, juggling and rope slide – BRILLIANT!

If you had 24 hours to spend as you saw fit and money were no object, what would you do?
I would get together all my family and close friends and make sure we had the best day ever. I would end the day with a huge party for everyone.

Describe a typical day in rehearsal?
One hour of physical warm up, including some animal study work. Singing practice/ warm up our voices. Working on a scene and thinking about how each of us feel at that particular moment. Lots of laughter – so important when rehearsing.

If you could spend ‘a day in the life’ of any animal, which animal would it be and why?
An eagle. I’ve always loved the freedom that birds have, flying so high above the earth. It would be amazing to just fly whenever I wanted.

Tell us about a moment that changed your life?
My first professional acting job (Of Mice and Men, at the Dukes, Lancaster). It was then that I realised all the hardwork had been worth it and I was doing the job I’d always wanted to do.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My Dad always told me not to be afraid of making mistakes, as there is always something you can learn about yourself as a result.

Catch Only A Day on the B2 stage from Sat 7 – Sat 21 Feb. Tickets are available now at our Box Office.