The Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG) are bringing the classic musical, Oliver! to the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh next week. The Mumble managed to catch a wee blether with the Artful Dodger.
Hello Ashleigh, so where ya from & where ya at, geographically speaking?
I’m from the north of Scotland but now based in Edinburgh.
When did you first realise you could sing?
When I was given a place in my school choir.
Why musical theatre?
Because bursting spontaneously into song is a far too regular occurrence in my life.
What does Ashleigh More like to do when she’s not being theatrical?
I am the biggest bookworm.
You’ve just been washed up on a desert island with three good films & a solar-powered TV/DVD combo. Which would they be?
The Little Mermaid Oliver (Obviously) Any Potter film.
How did you get involved with the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG)?
I heard about EUSOG when they advertised open auditions for The Addams Family Musical and just went for it.
Can you describe the EUSOG in one word?
You made your EUSOG debut in 2015 where you played the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical. Since then do you think you have progressed as a performer within the group?
EUSOG has now given me the opportunity the portray two very different characters. The jump from Wednesday Addams to the Artful Dodger has been an enjoyable challenge and has definitely pushed me as an actor. The challenge of switching gender has been particularly invaluable to my acting experience. EUSOG is definetly a key factor in the fact that I am able to do this professionally.
You will soon be playing the Artful Dodger in Oliver!
It was first performed by EUSOG in 1988 as the first non-Gilbert and Sullivan production by the company.
When it comes to musical theatre, when can you tell you are giving a good performance?
Like any other form of theatre; when the audience believe it.
What does 2018 hold in store for Ashleigh More?
The unpredictable life of an actor.
Oliver! will be running in Pleasance Theatre from Tuesday 28th November to Saturday 2ndof December at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 and concession tickets are £8.