Last week we brought you the first part of a two-part episode with Polly Bennett, the movement director behind Rami Malek’s breathtaking transformation into Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury for the hit film Bohemian Rhapsody.
And although Polly chats just a little bit more about how anyone can use techniques employed on the film, we really wanted to delve deep into her passion project and full time job as creator of The Monobox. The Monobox is one of the best resources around for “emerged” actors, a word that Polly is owning...and to be honest, I love!
In the first part of a two-part discussion, we speak to Polly Bennett - a woman who has taken the idea and profession of Movement Director to new heights.
You may have heard Polly a few times in our podcasts before when we brought you podcasts from the company she co-founded, Monobox. In addition to being a superwoman running a business that supports artists, she worked with the RSC before going on to work at multiple Olympics ceremonies and top notch cross-over directors like Sam Mendes, who she worked with directly after Bohemian Rhapsody on the absolutely thrilling “Lehman Trilogy” at the National Theatre.
Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet and Curtain Call co-founder Matt Humphrey sat down (in a sometimes noisy Above the Arts Club) to talk to Polly about how she found herself as the go to movement director. Now, as this chat was nearly an hour, we are going to make this one a two-parter. In this episode, Polly brings us the story of her journey from the National Youth Theatre to being on set every day with the spitting image of Freddie Mercury.
This week, we sit down with the writer of the world premiere of "Omish" - written and co-devised by former Curtain Call employee Sophie Soanes and directed by Ewa Dina, as well of two of its cast members Joyce Omotola and Naomi Emanuelle at Above the Arts Club last week. We were super impressed by the enthusiasm at which this group of women was attacking the problems of not only putting on a play in London, but also starting a production company. All the while keeping their day jobs...and their sanity…