A YOUNG Uppermill actress is excited to rise to the challenge after landing her first starring role in a play this June – as a psychopath.
Beth Hunter, 25, will take the lead in black comedy ‘Psychopathy and The Single Girl’, written by former Granada journalist Nakib Narat, at the King’s Arms Theatre on June 22-25
In a play not for the faint hearted, Beth will be Anne Dry, a strong, avenging, yet feminine woman dealing with childhood abuse in a world of powerful men.
The former Saddleworth School pupil, who started acting aged six at Judith Barker’s Saddleworth Drama Centre, is relishing the role and desperate to get on stage.
“I am so excited and really cannot wait,” she said. “At the first rehearsal there was a real buzz and I don’t think I’ve ever been part of something where everyone is so excited.
“It is my first lead role so that’s a bit daunting – especially as I am playing a psychopath!
“But I’ve done research and will use the techniques I was taught at drama school to get into that mindset. I won’t walk around Saddleworth practicing though!”
Beth honed her acting and stage combat skills over three years at the world famous Mountview Academy of Drama, whose graduates include Amanda Holden and Ken Stott.
Since graduating in 2015, she has already appeared on ‘Panorama’, ‘The One Show’, and in upcoming British Feature Film ‘Dusty and Me’ alongside Iain Glenn and Leslie Sharp.
She has just finished playing one of the seven deadly sins in Greek Tragedy ‘Medea’ and also works and acts with Saddleworth Drama Centre, often appearing in plays with the children.
And with the play scheduled to go on tour after its stint in Manchester, Beth is keeping an open mind as to what she might do next.
“I’ll just wait and see what this brings,” said Beth, who also works regularly for charity InterAct, reading to stroke victims in hospital.
“I’ve got an agent and I am going to lots of auditions and so we’ll see what happens. Maybe I’ll be in Coronation Street one day – that’s the dream!”
‘Psychopathy and The Single Girl’ will be performed at the King’s Arms Theatre, Salford, from June 22-25 at 7.30pm. Not suitable for under 16s. Tickets cost £10 and are available via their website: www.kingsarmssalford.com