AN INTERVIEW WITH THE STAR OF ‘EURYDICE’
By Shaun Ajamu Hutchinson
Wednesday, April 28, 2010.
Actress Ony Uhiara is accustomed to London’s Young Vic and its quirky productions. The Royal Shakespeare Company trained performer recently spent time splashing around as Oya in Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s In The Red and Brown Water. Now she is about to return as Eurydice, of Greek mythology fame. This fantastic reworking of the Orpheus fable won awards and plaudits in the USA, and the versatile Uhiara is pleased to be appearing in the London premier of this Sarah Ruhl's play at The Maria Theatre, The Young Vic. Uhiara’s other credits include Noughts and Crosses, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale and Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Motortown (Royal Court).
The New Black Magazine had a quick conversation with the talented young actress.
Euydice has never been seen in Britain - how do you think Greek mythology will go down on the London stage?
From what the audience of young people were saying after a post-show discussion, there are so many different elements that people are getting from the story. Even though it’s inspired by this Greek mythology, it’s really at the heart of it – and it’s actually about loss and love. That’s a basic thing that everyone can relate to.
How is director [Bijan Sheibani – The Brothers Size] interpreting the story?
[Bijan] is interpreting the story with a lot with a lot of truth…
What's next for you?
I’ve got some projects that are in the works but nothing definite at the moment … it looks to be a good year…
You are playing the lead role – Eurydice – what is that like?
I think all of the roles are quite instrumental as well. I think, hopefully from watching the production, people will feel like it’s an ensemble type piece. I have really enjoyed I enjoyed the way the characters interact in this play… they are all trying to tell a story together… … it’s like a collaboration.
In The Red and Brown Water was performed in 6 inches of water – do you enjoy roles out of the ordinary?
I really do enjoy doing projects that challenge me or things that I think I’ll find difficult. With Eurydice, it’s definitely kind of a quirky, [it has] this off-kilter feel about it. I think sometimes you think: ‘what is going on here?', ‘what are these characters doing or saying’… I like the odd feel of it all.
You’ve appeared on TV and on stage - which do you prefer?
I’d have to have that fix of being on stage. I would kind of miss it if I didn’t have that all the time…But really I love to just do keep things diverse.
Good luck with the show.
By Sarah Ruhl
The Maria at The Young Vic
London SE1 8LZ
29 April – 05 June
Tickets and information
0207 922 2922
Shaun Ajamu Hutchinson is The New Black Magazine's arts editor and a London-based freelance journalist.