Sunday, 26 September 2021

I’m not worried about appearing naked on stage, says actress

AN actress from Ewelme is to appear naked on stage... but insists she’s not worried.

AN actress from Ewelme is to appear naked on stage... but insists she’s not worried.

Liz Bishop says she was delighted to accept the role of Nancy in award-winning play Steaming.

The plot revolves around five women who meet regularly in the Turkish room of the run-down public baths in London’s East End and come together to fight its impending closure.

Mrs Bishop, who is married with three children, said: “I think it is really important to step outside your comfort zone.

“I have done a couple of naked scenes in films, which is very different from standing completely naked on stage but I am not too worried because you are so concentrated on the character and the play.

“To be honest, it has been difficult to try to keep us all from giggling in rehearsals because it is just funny.”

In one scene, her character has to jump naked into a plunge pool, which Mrs Bishop says took some getting used to.

“The first time I did it I thought I was going to have a heart attack, it was so cold,” she said. “Now at least I know what is coming.

“The good thing is that we have been rehearsing at the Ironmonger Row baths once a week for the last couple of months so my skin has become wonderful.”

Four other cast members decided they wanted to lose weight before the show begins at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham next week and ended up dieting to raise money for MS. Mrs Bishop said: “Because I have training in nutritional management and don’t need to go on a diet, I said I’ll be the weigh-in lady.”

Visitors to the women’s fund- raising page can guess how much weight the women will lose before opening night.

As well as starring in the play, Mrs Bishop is also the director, producer, casting director and set designer.

She said: “It is great because now I know what is involved in every part of running a production, right from when the casting call is put out to standing there on the stage for the performance.

“It was always my plan to take on theatre production and I felt it was an opportunity that I should take.”

Her husband Murray, a financial advisor, will go to watch the play on the first night and Mrs Bishop’s children, Kyra, 16, Dillon, 15, and stepdaughter Holly, also 15, will be there on the final night.

Mrs Bishop said: “Tensions are running run high as everybody is very excited about it. I am so looking forward to doing that final bow on the first night because it is just a fantastic feeling.”

Steaming runs from Wednesday to next Sunday. Tickets cost £18 and are available from the theatre website http://elgiva.com

To make a donation to the cast’s sponsored weight loss, visit http://login.guess2give.com/event/ruth_curtis/3794

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