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  • Emilia Fox on BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour – 20 January

    EDIT: Listen to her interview here:

    Emilia will be on Woman’s Hour this Monday at 10am. Don’t miss it! :)

    Jane Garvey is joined by the actors Emilia Fox and Emma Fielding to talk about their roles in a new play about the choices and regrets of a stay at home mum and a successful academic.

    US writer Gina Gionfriddo’s play Rapture, Blister, Burn is premiering for the first time in the UK after a successful run in New York last year. It addresses the issue of gender politics and whether women can have it all. The two protagonists, Cathy and Gwen, both in their 40s, have taken different life paths. Cathy, an academic who has remained single, and Gwen, a stay at home mum, both covet each other’s life choices.

    Rapture, Blister, Burn is at Hampstead Theatre in London until 22 February

    Source: bbc.co.uk

    Collection of ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ Theatre Reviews

    It’s always a bit difficult to keep track of all the theatre reviews when they come out so here’s a master’s post with a collection of what was said about Emilia’s role and acting! :)

    Standard.co.uk:

    There’s impressive acting all round from the five-strong cast. Confident central turns from Fielding and Fox are bolstered by strong support from Shannon Tarbet as a preternaturally wise 21-year-old student full of the absolute certainty of youth and Adam James as the lone male, idling his life away while the women fret.

    Telegraph.co.uk:

    Emilia Fox is sexy, sharp and touching as the academic hot-shot who yearns for a loving relationship; Emma Fielding is excellent as the unhappy obsessive wife, and Adam James gives a delightfully rueful performance as her slacker of a husband. There’s strong support too from Shannon Tarbet as the babysitter, a funky young woman with a bright spark about her; and Polly Adams brings great warmth to the play as the wise old mum who makes a mean martini.

    It’s a highly intelligent play, but beyond the witty debate it is the wise humanity of the piece that impresses most.

    Independent.co.uk:

    Writer Gina Gionfriddo even offers us a brief history of feminism through Cathy’s lectures, a media-savvy academic played by Emilia Fox.

    The classroom moments are fun if you enjoy lectures, but they are very long and a bit unnecessary — to watch a play about feminism do you really need to know about Phyllis Schlafly’s opposition to the equal rights movement? If you’ve been dragged here and feminism just ain’t your thing don’t worry, though, Fox appears wearing only heels and sexy underwear in the second half, so there’s something for everyone.

    In a coup for the theatre, this is Fox’s first play in ten years. She sparkles, portraying a sexy, ambitious woman in her early forties. But she covets the life of sweet, seemingly unthreatening Gwen (Emma Fielding) her college buddy and the woman who stole her university boyfriend, married him and became a stay-at-home mum. And conveniently, Gwen’s got itchy feet too.

    Timeout.com:

    It’s powered by some great performances: Fox is kind, charismatic and subtly fragile, Tarbet scene-stealingly bratty, Adam James heartbreakingly shlubbish as Gwen’s husband Don. Under Peter DuBois’s relaxed direction, ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ gains momentum but never tries to make a crisis out of a domestic drama.

    Instead Gionfriddo simply trusts that her play will hold our interest through the batting around of awkward questions. And she’s right.

    TheTimes.co.uk:

    Played by svelte Emilia Fox with a stateside accent, Catherine has become a hot academic and TV pundit, in chic leather jacket and killer heels. Her books on pornography and the corruption of feminism have got her “the sexy scholar gig”, as Adam James’s Don teasingly puts it.


    Radiotimes.com:

    But when Don and Catherine’s affair gets going, this becomes a properly dramatic piece of work and you can see why Fox took it on, ten years after she vowed to give up theatre for good after getting stinker reviews for her role in a West End revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
    Fox stops lecturing and presents a more human and rounded Catherine, whose tragedy is being so lonely and taken to family life that it means taking on a man like Don. Whether she can work through that… well you’ll have to catch the play to find out.

    Gallery Update: ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ Press Night & In Production HQ Photos

    Lots of new photos are up in the gallery, follow the links below to see them in HQ.

    Press Night Previews

    In Production

    Links:
    Theatre Projects > Rapture Blister Burn (2013/14) > In Production
    Appearances > 2014 > 22nd Jan | ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ Press Night

    Gallery Update: Emilia Fox on the ‘This Morning’ Show – 23 January 2014

    Uploaded 16 stunning HQ stills from the show as well as 2 BTS photos. She looks fab! Just a natural beauty, isn’t she? :) Here are some previews:

    Behind the Scenes

    Interview


    Links:
    Interviews & TV Appearances > Interviews & Appearances 2014 > 23rd Jan | ITV This Morning – BTS
    Interviews & TV Appearances > Interviews & Appearances 2014 > 23rd Jan | ITV This Morning – Stills

    Video Update: Emilia Fox on the ‘This Morning’ Show – 23 January 2014

    Millie was on ITV’s ‘This Morning‘ today and thanks to my friend Rich we now have a video clip of her interview!

    She talks about tonight’s episode of ‘Silent Witness’, the show itself, and also returning back on stage after 10 years:

    Appearing on This Morning today to talk about the 17th series of Silent Witness, the 39-year-old actress couldn’t stop gushing about Phil and Holly’s National Television Award win.

    She said: “Good morning. Congratulations!

    “I can’t believe you’re here and you look amazing.”

    Silent Witness returns to screens tonight in a two part episode which includes a stolen baby and links to the underworld.

    Emilia, who plays pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander in the hit show, talked about her character.

    She said: “She does get described as a cold character and I never intended that.

    “I think it is probably the subject matter.

    “When she first came in she was a bit of a tomboy but she takes everything to the heart.”

    To understand the role more, Emilia went to autopsy’s to get a better idea of what the job involved.

    “Early on, I went to two autopsies otherwise I have no idea what a pathologist does,” she said. “That is whats so fascinating about Silent Witness – the clue is in the body.

    “I’m really squeamish in real life. I didn’t faint though and then it really was thought-provoking.

    “The body is really just a vessel for the spirit and it is about seizing every day.”

    Photo of Emilia Fox as Olga Orbit & Trailer: The new Adventures of Grandpa in my Pocket

    A new promo photo of Emilia as Olga Orbit:

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    Emilia is in the trailer at approx. 1:15 and 1:30 shortly… watch it below, new episodes start from Monday 27 January!

    Source: Grandpa in my Pocket

    Silent Witness ‘In a Lonely Place’ HD Captures & new Trailer

    It’s that time again… :D Your weekly dose of full HD captures! Thanks Kathryn Morris UK for the donation! Moreover, uploaded a new trailer for the next episode, 17×07, which is called ‘Undertone’:

    Links:
    TELEVISION SERIES > SILENT WITNESS (2004-2014) > SERIES 17 > SCREEN CAPTURES > IN A LONELY PLACE: PART 1
    TELEVISION SERIES > SILENT WITNESS (2004-2014) > SERIES 17 > SCREEN CAPTURES > IN A LONELY PLACE: PART 2

    New article: Motherhood’s firmly centre stage for Emilia Fox

    It’s exactly a decade since Emilia Fox last trod the boards. After an unhappy experience in a savagely reviewed West End revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Silent Witness actress swore not to endure the baptism of fire of the London critics again.

    “Why would you do that to yourself?” she asks reasonably.

    “Although I didn’t come off too badly, I’d always said I’d only do theatre if the equation was right and when I read this play, and met (director) Peter DuBois, and heard the cast they’d put together, I thought, ‘Damn! The equation is right.’”

    Although it’s fair to say she’s not looking forward to press night, Fox has thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsal process and passionately engaged with the arguments in Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn, which she finds “heartbreaking and penetrating”.

    The writer of hit Almeida play Becky Shaw, and the Kevin Spacey House of Cards, has penned a smart, funny piece about feminist theory and how women’s lives have changed – or not – since the 70s libbers marched for equality.

    “Gina has cleverly put across the ideas of these great feminists to see whether they integrate into real life situations,”
    says Fox, who plays high-flying academic Catherine, newly returned home to tend her ailing mother Alice.

    “Hopefully people will come, see bits of their life and it will produce a discussion – that’s what I felt when I read the play, I wanted to talk about it and find out where I fitted in with these theories.”

    One discussion it prompted was with her actor dad Edward.

    “Horror films and torture movies aren’t dad’s sphere,” she smiles.

    “But I was talking to him about how roles have changed during his lifetime and he engaged with the discussions even though he’s an unlikely person to do so.”

    Regret

    Past 40 and single, Catherine is fearfully contemplating an impending lonely old age and regretting not having children.

    Meanwhile her former best friend Gwen, who sacrificed career for an unsatisfactory marriage and motherhood is feeling unfulfilled.

    “In Catherine, you see the vulnerability of a woman in her 40s without a family about to lose her mother who is the person who has loved her throughout her life.

    “Gina is saying, there are great theories but the reality is maybe quite simple. You get to a certain point in life where the most extraordinary thing is the most ordinary thing – the thing you have to go beyond by searching for a career and your own independence.

    “Whilst that’s fantastic, perhaps we are creatures who ultimately like to share our lives – for me personally sharing life is the ultimate happiness.”

    Fox gave birth to daughter Rose three years ago and says motherhood utterly shifted her perspective.

    “Our views and priorities change over our lives and certainly when you have children. I see things now I couldn’t have hoped to understand before. I have never known a greater love – who knew that love was inside you? – you love your family, I have found my way back to my family and they have been my greatest love, but the love you feel for your child – it’s like a lioness.”

    Although there are “obvious comparisons” between Fox’s life and Catherine’s, they differ in the fictional character’s single-minded ambition.

    Fox, who has split from both ex-husband Jared Harris and from Rose’s father Jeremy Gilley, delivered stand-out performances in Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca, Merlin and The Pianist and possesses the kind of luminous beauty the camera loves.

    But she says “I slightly fell into my working life. Rather than setting about pursuing a career, I let things happen and I have enjoyed it so much.

    “Now I have to juggle both a domestic and working life, and feel very fortunate in having both – but my primary focus and emotion is Rose. Family for me is way more important than anything else in my life.”

    One of the play’s arguments is that feminism rightly encouraged women to have careers but was left them floundering with the impact on their home lives.

    “It’s fantastic what feminism has done. We are striving for everything, but managing it all is complicated, and as Alice says, things were easier when there were clear boundaries.

    “Catherine admits she wanted a family but didn’t do the stuff she had to do to get it. I have seen friends leave it much later to start a family and, for women, it can be too late. That’s heartbreaking. I so love being a mum. I would love to have had a brood of children but I didn’t start until much later because I was convinced I had to stand on my own two feet and make sure I paid my own way.”

    She adds that the argument she finds “most heart-breaking and penetrating” is Catherine’s realisation that her choices might leave her alone.

    “Intimacy is very hard to find and hard to hold on to and it is beautiful sharing your life with someone knowing that they love you. Maybe that’s a discovery to me, you get totally caught up on a treadmill of work and all the other stuff in life and sometimes don’t protect the relationship between two people.”

    “How we negotiate all this fantastic equality is the question. Of course it can work, hundreds of couples do it, but it is a negotiation and you have to both make sacrifices.”

    She saw it with her mother, the actress Joanna David.

    “She made lots of career sacrifices to bring us children up. Family life was the most important thing to her and dad. But she’s having her time again – her career has come back in full force now we’ve grown up.

    “Before I had children I would say, ‘If you want to go to work why don’t you just go?’ Now I have Rose I understand you don’t want to miss out on them growing up – the process of them separating from you is totally heart-breaking.”

    Fox’s latest series as pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander is currently on air and she still enjoys the plots and challenge of Silent Witness which she films just minutes from home.

    “I always said I would do it until I didn’t love doing it, and I still really enjoy it.

    “They’ve been so amazing working around my pregnancy and post Rose, when I found it really hard going back to work and not being with her. I still find it difficult, hanging around the school asking, ‘Can I stay for the morning?’”

    The only thing that annoys her is the oft-lobbed critical jibe that Nikki is ‘cold’.

    “She’s not so dissimilar to Cathy. They’re both focused on their careers and have left their personal lives in the wings. But I have never played her cold – she’s totally led by her heart!

    “I think it’s because she deals with a serious subject and is a strong woman and they think if you are strong you don’t have emotions, which is a lot of bollocks.

    “I hope I am a strong woman and I am permanently overflowing with emotions.”

    Rapture, Blister, Burn runs from January 16 to February 22 at Hampstead Theatre.

    Source: hamhigh.co.uk

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