Alice Frankham: One Man, Two Guvnors Interview - "You don't mess with Rachel!"

Actor Alice Frankham discusses playing Rachel Crabbe in One Man, Two Guvnors, how she's preparing for the role and what she's looking forward to about performing in Derby.

Please tell us your name and the character you will play in One Man Two Guvnors at Derby Theatre.

I am Alice Frankham and I will be playing Rachel Crabbe. 

Tell us more about your character and what you are looking forward to most about playing her?

You don't mess with Rachel! She's a feisty, intelligent cockney lass who knows what she wants. Without giving too much away, there's a bit of cross dressing involved which is going to be fun....! 

One Man Two Guvnors is a fast-paced and funny farce, how do you prepare for taking on a role in a production of this genre - from the point you are offered it, right through to rehearsals starting - and then how do you prepare and look after yourself throughout the run?

After reading the play numerous times, I'll have a think about my character's back story, picking out any clues in the script about her past. I'll also make sure I track her journey throughout the play so I'm totally clear on her intentions -this is particularly important with this genre as there are lots of cases of mistaken identity so things can get complicated! Comedy wise, I always think it's important to go with your gut in rehearsals, this can mean you make a total fool out of yourself but it's all part of the fun!! Enough sleep and good food are super important during the run, a bit of yoga is always good too :)

What can audiences expect from seeing a performance of One Man, Two Guvnors?

The thing that strikes me most about this show is that there really is something in it for everyone, no matter your age or background. It achieves that rare thing of being universally funny.

Have you been to Derby/Derby Theatre before? What are you looking forward to about performing in the region?

I was born in Leicester and have a lot a family in the surrounding areas so I've always felt at home in the East Midlands. I've not been to Derby since I was little though so am very much looking forward to getting to know 'Derbados' as an adult! 

A task for you! If you Google ‘the best things to do in Derby’ – what takes your fancy in the search results? 

I'm into my history and heritage so will definitely be checking out the likes of Kedleston Hall and Calke Abbey. I also like to get to know the local community and where better to do that than the local pubs?! ;) Is there a Cricketer's Arms in Derby......? 

Finally, do you have a short message for the people and audiences of Derby?

Come on down to Derby Theatre from 7 -28 September!

One Man, Two Guvnors at Derby Theatre

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One Man, Two Guvnors runs at Derby Theatre from Saturday 7 - Saturday 28 September.