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Geoff Aymer, who plays Ol’ Mister in our production of The Color Purple – at Home, tells us more about the show in this Q&A.
What does returning to Curve to create this show for people to watch at home mean to you?
It means a great deal. First, this is a wonderful show. A great story with great songs and it’s a pleasure to be doing it again. There were a lot of people who did not get to see it when we performed it originally because they couldn’t get out to Birmingham or Leicester. They will now have the opportunity to see it from the comfort of their own homes. Secondly, it’s wonderful to be reunited with such an incredible cast. They are good people as well as being stupendously talented.
Probably ‘The Color Purple Reprise’.
What do you hope audiences take from this production?
I hope they enjoy the overall performance but I also hope they are moved and inspired by the story being told. Many who saw this the first time around seemed visibly touched emotionally by, chiefly, the story of Celie’s eventual triumph over unstinting adversity, as well as the resurrection of Sofia and the redemption of Mister. I hope we communicate all these things in the streaming version.
The Color Purple – at Home is now streaming until Sun 7 Mar, find out more and book tickets now.
About Geoff Aymer
Theatre credits: GHBoy – Charing Cross Theatre; Apollo 13 Dark Side of the Moon – Original Theatre; Two Trains Running- English Touring Theatre/Royal and Derngate; The Color Purple—Leicester Curve Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome; Robin Hood And The Arrow Of Destiny—Theatre Peckham; The Plague—Arcola Theatre; Driving Miss Daisy—Frinton Summer Theatre and Canal Cafe Theatre; The Importance Of Being Earnest—Original Theatre national tour; A Midsummer Night’s Dream—The Young Vic; The Albatross, 3rd and Main—Emporium, Brighton; To Kill A Mockingbird—Regents Park Open Air, National Tour, Barbican; Cheese and Crackwhores—Soho Theatre; The Lightning Child, Macbeth—Shakespeare’s Globe; Neighbors—Nuffield Theatre, Southampton; That Old Feeling—The Mill At Sonning; Angel House—Eclipse Theatre, national tour; Anansi Trades Places—Talawa Theatre; Brixton Stories–the Lyric, Hammersmith; What’s In The Cat– Royal Court Theatre; The Big Life–Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.
Live sketch shows: HMS Comedy’s Revolution—C Venues, Edindurgh; Newsrevue—Canal Café Theatre; Lee Mack’s Gagging For It—Gilded Balloon II, Edinburgh.
Film credits: Sket—Gunslinger Productions; Rag Tag–Mucka Flicks.
Television credits: Mr Winner—BBC1; Guerilla—Sky Atlantic and Showtime; Eastenders–BBC 1; The A Force and The Real McCoy (both BBC 2); and Club Class (Channel 5) Writing credits: Anansi and the Magic Mirror—Talawa Theatre, The Oddest Couple—Theatre Royal Stratford East, What A Wonderful World—Blue Elephant Theatre; Chatsworth—Celador Productions, TV pilot.