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A Day in the Life: Leah Brotherhead

Leah Brotherhead in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photograph by Gary Calton.
Leah Brotherhead in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photograph by Gary Calton.
Leah Brotherhead, playing Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, updates us from the #TwoGents tour in Austria...

So we arrived in Austria and went straight to our hotel overlooking the Danube. I think it's fair to say we feel an affinity with this great big river, as we have previously performed by it twice now in two other countries. We performed by Danube in Serbia in a big outdoor stage high above it in a fortress, and also had it running beside us in Budapest as we performed on Margaret island.

We had three great shows at Art Carnutum with totally different weather each night. The first it was boiling and we were plagued by mosquitos. The second was torrential rain, and we had to pause the show for 10 minutes as the rain was falling so hard on the roof of the tent the audience and ourselves could not hear anything anyone was saying! Our technique in projection was really put to the test. However the rain settled after a while and the show went on. The third show was really windy. It's fun to be given different obstacles each night, especially after doing a show for a while, it keeps us on our toes, and helps us focus on making sure we are getting the story across clearly!

We were spoilt rotten by our hosts in Austria – Pierro and his family (even Grandma) were so welcoming and after the show each night we were treated to food and drink. They drove us to Vienna on our day off, which is a magnificent city. We explored, went to museums/galleries such as The Albertina. We were lucky enough to to land in the city during an Ice cream festival and a film festival. We sat in a plaza behind the town hall which had a huge screen attached to it and watched The Dutch National Ballet perform Cinderella.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is at the Everyman, Wed 5 Oct to Sat 29 Oct.