The next interview in our stagey chat series, is with the wonderful Rosemarie Akwafo. Rosemarie is currently playing Lucy in the UK Tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Some of her previous stage credits include: The Snow Queen and The Play That Goes Wrong.

Get yourself comfy and join us for the next segment of Stagey Chat!

Hi Rosemarie, how are you today? Thank you so much for chatting to Stage to Page! Would you mind introducing yourself and telling us how you first got into acting?

Hi my name is Rosemarie Akwafo, I’m an actor from South East London. I first got into acting because of my two older siblings (Emma & Eman) who are also actors, they introduced me to this world.

You're currently playing Lucy in the UK tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Can you tell us more about the production and the character you're playing? 

The play is about a group of misfit actors apart of a drama society (Cornley Polytechnic) who attempt to put on a production of Peter Pan which doesn’t go according to plan. I play a character called Lucy Grove who is the niece of the assistant director of the show (Robert Grove), she also has chronic stage fright.

How does it feel taking such an iconic story and turning it on it's head completely? Is there a certain amount of pressure that comes with changing such a well-known plot?

It’s exciting being a part of something so different to what people expect. It's important as a cast to think of what the story would have looked like if it was done traditionally or “correctly” and that helps us create an element of surprise when we have the Goes Wrong moments. Amazingly, the plot still runs through the production till the end, so the pressure only comes from our effort to serve that story throughout.

You've previously worked with Mischief Theatre before on The Play That Goes Wrong. What is about the theatre company that made you want to return?

I love the joy that these productions bring to all different kinds of people. We are often greeted with audience members that tell us, ‘they haven’t laughed like that in a long time’. It is such a privilege to be a part of making those people smile and being a form of entertainment in times like these.

Regardless of gender and age, which stage role would you choose to play and why?

I would love to be Tinkerbell in any version of Peter Pan or maybe even Juliet!

A question I ask everyone we chat to - my blog is called Stage to Page. But if you could turn any book, from page to stage, what would it be and why?

Ooo...maybe an immersive version of Hunger Games, or a Jacqueline Wilson book for the teens!

And finally, why should anyone reading this book tickets to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong?

Come on down if you really want a good laugh. The show definitely has something for everyone, it promises not to disappoint. We are currently touring the UK until April, so please check for our remaining dates.

You can book tickets to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong on its UK tour, here.

**photography by Pamela Raith**

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