Hay Fever is not to be sniffed at
June 28, 2002
She is in Oxford Stage Company’s touring production which visits Oxford Playhouse next week – the two organisations are linked only by the Oxford brand-name.
Although she has been seen on TV, notably in the series The Office, she is finding treading the boards much more of a learning experience.
She told me: “You feel more secure in the theatre
because you have a lot more time to develop your character than in television, where everything is done so quickly.”
Sally is also enjoying wearing the play’s 1920s outfits and she is pleased that Simon Quarterman, a fellow-student at the Central School of Drama, is playing her brother.
On TV Sally has performed in sketches with Harry Enfield and her role as stroppy temp Donna in The Office brought her a wider audience.
She said: “The only sad thing from my point of view is that they decided not to keep Donna on, so I won’t be in the second series which is filming now.”
Sally is a great admirer of the playwright Tennessee Williams and she hopes one day to play some of his plum female parts, like Maggie in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
The cast of Hay Fever, in which Sally plays a member of the wacky Bliss family, also includes Katharine Barker (Dolly in Emmerdale Farm) and John Dougall (Fraser in Monarch Of The Glen).
Performances of Hay Fever are from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm (Friday at 8pm) with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.
Tickets from £7 can be booked on (01865) 305305.