Anna Trier is the most recent addition to the Blue Goat family and we're very pleased to have her on board! We're particularly looking forward to seeing the new perspectives and interpretations she brings to the role of Jules. In between cramming lines before her upcoming performance at Explorado in Duisburg on 29 June, she sat down for a quick chat.
What's the first play you remember seeing?
"That would be a performance of one of my favourite books: "The Little Prince". I think I was around 6-8 years old when I saw it together with my mum. It was played in a kind of glass annex so the whole room was brightly illuminated, there was no "stage" and there were just two actors telling and performing the story of The Little Prince. I can still remember the very special, almost magical atmosphere. As a kid I was deeply impressed that those two people with only their bodies, voices and a few different clothes could be every different character in the story. I loved it."
What shows/plays are your favourite source of inspiration? (What have you binge watched lately??)
"Lately I binge watched Modern Family - for the second time. I just love every single character in this series and their constellation. It is the only series that makes me laugh out loud also when I'm watching it alone.
Regarding theatre, I like to see shows at small theatres that don't have much budget: no big stage with a lot of equipment... It's fascinating and inspiring to see the creativity and how you can reach the audience with very little. Also I like the intimacy of small theatres. Lately I saw a very good show of Kafka's “The Trial” (at Theater Essen-Süd) which I found inspiring."
What's the biggest challenge of taking on this role?
"To hold the balance between Jules' very strong, tough, self-confident and sometimes even a bit harsh behaviour/attitude and her sensitive side. Of course she doesn't want herself to be vulnerable but there are moments when she opens up and shows her true feelings. These moments are rare but very special. For me it is the challenge to make their importance and meaning visible and noticeable - without losing her strength of character."
What's your favourite line in the play? Why?
"That's hard to say, because there are a few very emotional lines which I really like (the ones that challenge me). But one of my favourite very funny and intelligent lines is : “Romeo was just so desperate to get laid, everyone else looked like a monk.” And then Jules goes on analysing why Juliet should have run off with Mercutio instead and why the play helped Shakespeare pick up women. I like the perspective from which she looks at “Romeo and Juliet” because I never thought about it this way. At first I just thought that's very funny and those are lines about which the audience will definitely laugh , but now I also think that she is making a very good point. Thanks to Jules I started to see “Romeo and Juliet” a little bit differently..."
What's the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
"Not much actually... I don't have any special ritual or something like that. I just try to catch one moment of silence for me, I try to breathe away my nervousness, close my eyes and focus. Sorry, very boring answer here!"
What sort of person is going to love this show?
"Mmhh... Basically everyone who is open for a funny, fast-paced theatre experience and is not afraid of emotions. I can't think of a certain sort of person who would not love this show. So just come to one of our shows and find out if you are the sort of person who loves it – and please tell me afterwards what 'sort of' you are!"