In the run up to the launch of Feel and Feel More we’re spending some time with our brilliant cast and creative team. Next up is the very talented Ben Fensome who chats to us about his role as “Luke” in Feel More in a great new piece written by Jack Albert Cook.
Describe yourself in Five Words
I am tall and messy.
How do you feel today? ·
Good thanks! I’m very much looking forward to reading the monologue Jack Albert Cook is writing for me.
What actor do you most admire and why?
Got to be Meryl. I wrote a whole blog once watching all her films and still not bored.
If you could play any role that you haven’t played so far, what would it be and why?
I’d be positively terrible at it, but I’d love a crack at Coriolanus. Something about that hot-headed, hyper-masculine, proud, soldier thing that is completely alien to me I’d like to explore.
What’s the best thing about living in London?
World class West End theatre, if that’s too expensive tonnes of excellent fringe theatre, if that’s too expensive, plenty of amazing free galleries/culture to take advantage of.
What scares and excites you most about acting?
I’m mostly scared of not being able to (for whatever reason) tell a character’s story believably. Most excited by those rare transcendent moments where everything seems to align, and you really feel in sync with the character, the other performers and the audience.
What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve ever done on stage?
I co-wrote a play with a friend from drama school in which we played a couple from the age of 21, every seven years (the title incidentally), up to when they are 86. Ageing a character through a very subtle physicality was a huge challenge and surprisingly was a lot more of an emotional process to both ourselves and the audience than we first realised, but it proved to be an extremely rewarding experience.
What’s your favourite line from any piece of theatre?
It scares me how much I relate to: “I will do such things - what they are yet I know not - but they shall be the terrors of the earth!” from King Lear on a daily basis.
·What do you like most about the world of Feel / Feel More and why do think people should buy a ticket?
For Feel More I love the idea of taking little snapshots at a group of disparate people and what it will reveal about life in London at this fairly tumultuous time whilst also being funny.
Tell us something surprising about you that people might not know.
A couple years ago I did my Grade 2 piano exam (alongside all the 7 year olds) and plan this year to do my Grade 3.
Ben is an actor and writer based in London and plays “Luke” in “Feel More” written by Jack Albert Cook. we’re lining him him up for a super masculine starring role in a future production of Coriolanus. Find out more about Luke and a night to remember by buying tickets for Feel More on sale now. You can follow Ben on Twitter "@BenFensome
Proforca Theatre Company are a theatre company based in London. You can find out more about the world of Feel by James Lewis by visiting our website or following us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram @ProforcaTheatre