11 April 2020

Isolation Interviews: Sara Poyzer

Our next interview is with actress Sara Poyzer. Sara who has performed as Donna in Mamma Mia in London and on Tour. She was in the Nottingham Playhouse production of Assassins last year. Other credits include Billy Elliott, Forever Young and Bollywood Jane.

Q - What was the first show that you remember seeing?
A - Apart from the local panto when I was a youngster, the first show I saw was an amateur production of Sweeney Todd.  It totally blew my mind.  I had no idea what to expect, I didn't even know who Sondheim was!  But I swear I left the theatre a changed young woman.  

Q - What inspired you to get into theatre?\
A - I worked in the publicity department of my local Playhouse theatre in Nottingham.  I saw endless productions as they came and went and it was then that I fell totally in love with theatre.  The mystery and the romance, the other worldliness of it.  I was spellbound and then made the decision to audition for drama school.

Q - Whose performance/s have had the biggest impact on you?
A - Bugger, that's almost impossible to answer!  Every year I see someone who totally blows me away.  But the people who are in my head right now as I write this are Mark Rylance in Jerusalem, Judi Dench in A Little Night Music a lesser-known actor in an Am Dram company who is one of the finest actors I've ever known!  Talent is everywhere.  I'm totally in awe of and inspired by the ridiculous talent in the industry.  

Q - What is your favourite musical movie?
A - Victor/Victoria, camp as Christmas and Julie Andrews in a role I would LOVE to play. Glorious stuff.

Q - What are your favourite show tunes? (You can pick up to 5 songs)
A - Argh!  That's SO hard! :)
The Winner Takes It All - natch!  A total pleasure to sing every night
I Miss The Mountains from Next to Normal
Last Midnight from Into the Woods
Erm.....
Send in The Clowns - A Little Night Music
Solidarity - Billy Elliot



Q - Mamma Mia last week celebrated it's 21st birthday. How do you reflect on your time on the show? (I LOVED your Donna!)
A - Thank you!!  Mamma Mia was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I love love love it.  It was a challenging role and tour life can be tough, but I wouldn't change a single thing.  I had the time of my life and really hope I can return to the show sometime soon. 

Q - What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
A - Be kind, be on time.  Give a shit.
It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Take the work you do seriously, but not yourself so much 

Q - If you could tell your younger self something what would you tell them?
A - Be brave, you'll be OK.  Don't sweat the small stuff.  Some will always like you and what you do, someone often won't.  Neither of these things define you.  Eat more cake.

Q - Away from the theatre what are your other favourite hobbies?
A - I love cycling, miles and miles.  Seeing the countryside like this is so good for my head - it's just beautiful.  I'm learning, very slowly to play the piano, Grade 6 now, but it is REALLY slow progress! Ha!

Q - Can you tell us something we might not know about you?
A - I once spent a night in an Alabama jail cell.  I can't possibly divulge why.  

I'd like to thank Sara for her time in taking part in this interview. You can follow Sara over on Twitter https://twitter.com/SaraPoyz

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