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5 minutes with Keddy Sutton

What are the 3 things you love most in life?
1. My lovely partner, my motorbike riding Mum, family and friends.
2. Making people laugh and laughing.
3. Walking through crunchy leaves in the fresh air.
4. Because I'm allergic to pets I love pictures of guinea pigs. In hats. 

Whoops that's 4...

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I grew up I wanted to be an actress and have a monkey as a pet.

What is your earliest memory?
1. Standing on the top of the fridge and enjoying the feeling of fear.
2. Banging a tambourine in nursery with a pair of pink trousers from the costume box.
3. Mum and Dad teaching us to walk on stilts in the back garden.

What makes you happy?
Nice people.

What makes you angry?
People not being nice to each other.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is my Cilla black CD.

Which play changed your life?
Firstly, Withering Looks a spoof on Wuthering Heights by Lip Service still my favourite company. I remember watching this and thinking "yes that's exactly what I want to do" and I laughed from beginning to end
And The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright in the West End with Alison Steadman and Jane Horrocks... I remember really relating to little voice. That feeling of having something special locked inside. The characters and quotes have a beautiful rhythm in this funny, moving play.

What's exciting you about joining The Company?
1. Following in Julie Walters footsteps (my icon).
2. Working in the actual theatre that I used to visit and watch plays as a kid I used to look through the programme and wish I were in it.
3. The directors aren't too bad either ha ha.
4. And being part of a team of interesting ingredients all mixed up to make a soufflé of shows.

What are you looking forward to doing when you're in Liverpool next year?
Just being ensconced in the ambiance of Liverpool. It’s magic and real.

What was your first experience of the Everyman?
When I was a teenager I went to see Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut at the Everyman...
It was total theatre-quirky, funny, musical, visual moving and absurd. Really transformed me, took me from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Also I was a member of the Everyman youth theatre.
It was a very exciting time. I felt that I had found my tribe... and the workshops and people gave me the confidence to audition and get into drama school 'Rose Bruford' at 18... Many years later I rehearsed in the same space for many brilliant local theatre companies...

If you could invite anyone for a drink in the bar who would it be and why?
It would have to be Julie Walters and Victoria wood... To me they are still my fave comediennes/actresses. We would eat coconut macaroons together. xxx

What's the most valuable lesson you've learned as an actor? or the best advice received?
Ken Campbell once pushed me onto a stage of improvising bards and said, "All great men need a cup of tea", shine on... He also told me to always enter the stage backwards. And look into an eye of one of the audience. And don't be afraid of making mistakes in the rehearsal room, as that's when the best things come out...