Lime interview - Theatre
Up and coming actress Savannah Gordon-Liburd is going from strength to strength.
After performing in The Lyric Hammersmith’s national tour of Mogadishu and Pilot Theatre’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner she’s back on the London stage playing the lead role in the BAFTA Award-winning playwright Roy Williams’ compelling new version of Sophocles’ Antigone.
You’ve been on a national tour with the show – what’s been the best part to-date?
What I enjoy the most is the first day on stage at a new venue performing to a new audience and hearing the different reactions. It’s amazing to see how one scene can get a completely different response from one city to another.
What does it mean to bring the show to London – are you excited?
I’m super excited and super nervous at the same time. It means performing at home in front of friends and family in a place you'd pass on a normal day. This play is something a London audience will definitely 'get' no question, so I’m really excited see what reaction the play gets.
You play Antigone, the lead role. How would you describe her character?
Tig is brave and loyal with a big heart and strong beliefs. She’s been through a lot but is still extremely strong and proud of who she is and where she’s come from. She’s what heroines are made of.
Why should audiences come and see the show?
It’s a great twist on a classic. We're telling it in a new and exciting way. Antigone is a play that’s been performed many times but this is a completely new piece of theatre. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions and a brilliant piece.
What’s it like to be a young black actress in UK theatre?
I’ve been lucky to work on some great productions, such as Mogadishu, and The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner and play strong characters. I’m also excited to be one of the first black actresses to play Antigone on a main stage. Theatre has been good to me.
Actor Lucian Msamati takes on the role as the foreigner in his homeland.