Interview: Wearing two hats with her new play - acting is the dream but writing keeps Felicity Huxley-Miners sane
Felicity Huxley-Miners talks about writing and acting in her new play In The Shadow of The Mountain, juggling the two roles and what her dream theatre production would be like (hint: it would have a big cast).
The new play (more details at the bottom) is a love story about two people with Borderline Personality Disorder inspired by her meeting a woman with BPD and the production is supported by MIND.
You’ve written the play and you are also performing in it alongside David Shears, did you always have yourself in mind when you were writing?
Yes, I knew I wanted to play Ellie when I was writing but I really had to shut off that part of my brain when I was creating the play as you can start to censor and shape it around yourself instead of being true to a character and their story.
Thinking ‘I don’t want to say that’ or worrying about your character being likeable can be quite limiting so I really had to shut off that side of my brain.
I’ve found being an actor does help me write, as both are all about getting into different people’s heads and working out what makes them tick.
Which do you prefer - writing or acting - and which do you find the most challenging?
Acting has always been the dream and what I’ve funnelled most of my energy into over the years.
I’ve only started writing in the last few years and have been lucky enough to be a part of the Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab this year. I’ve found writing incredibly cathartic.
Acting can be a very perilous career and a lot of time the control is taken out of the actor’s hands.
Being proactive and creating my own work has really kept me sane in the leaner times and means that I always have a creative outlet even if it's just me sitting in a café having vivid hallucinations about my own fantasy world.