We’ve been busy behind the scenes here at Nevertheless She, polishing our script, tuning our songs and perfecting our puppetry for our debut musical THE PEOPLE’S ROCK. This has included welcoming some new faces to the team. First up, the lovely Francesca Mintowt, who plays Tee, a young woman in search of her hero, The Rock.
Francesca is an American-born actor, workshop leader, and director specialising in physical theatre and musical theatre. She’s trained in the US and the UK, and graduated from the MA Theatre LAB programme at RADA. Working as an instructor for the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, Jigsaw Performing Arts, and Theatre Workout, she continues to research and develop new actor training methodologies that influence her own approach as a performer, writer, and director. We think she’s awesome.
We asked Francesca a few questions to gain a little insight into what makes her tick.
1.What’s your role in THE PEOPLE’S ROCK? I play the role of Tee Morgan.
2. What’s your favourite musical and why? Parade by Jason Robert Brown has to be my favourite, though it’s so hard to choose! It tells a haunting story that revisits the past and contains themes that are still relevant today. It’s a dream show for any musical theatre performer because the score completely supports the dialogue between characters, though the music is challenging for any singer.
3. Who’s your hero (living or deceased) and why? My hero is my mum. She is the strongest person I know, and the most selfless. In every stage of my life, I have always been able to look to her for inspiration and support. She is and always will be full of magic.
4. Tell us a secret. I used to compete in chess tournaments before I became a competitive swimmer.
5. If you had a puppet alter ego, what would they be called and why? If I had a puppet alter ego, her name would be Urma Neversmile. She is a hardcore drummer and has a large collection of pet snakes. Her favourite food is tofurky jerky
6. Describe THE PEOPLE’S ROCK in 3 words. Imaginative. Political. Inspirational.
7. What’s your New Year’s Resolution? My New Year’s Resolution is train enough to confidently run my first marathon.