Actor Spotlight | Suzie Preece
✨ SUZIE PREECE
It's time for the second of our Reveller Actor Spotlight posts, where we revel in the opinions, memories and achievements of some of our beloved alumni!
Today's spotlight is focussed on actress and web-series creator Suzie Preece. Suzie trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and went on to create 'Turn Me Online', which won Best British Series at the Raindance Film Festival. She has also appeared in Go People's hugely popular production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2016.
Revellers: You met Revels founder Freddie Hutchins at Bristol Old Vic. What was drama school like?
Suzie: All I can say is drama school was a place of intense mental well-being.
Revellers: What’s keeping you busy at the moment?
Suzie: A real mixed bag. I have just come back from ferrying a gothic statue of Jesus via train from Madrid to Toulouse to London. My mate's dad won him on an online auction and paid for us to go on a pilgrimage. Lots of fun. We took him to Burger King on Day 2! What else are you doing Suzie? Writing a one woman show that has some jokes in it. I'm also temping. Also doing some stand up in dark pub basements. To bring this round to your first question - drama school was great preparation for all of this.
Revellers: As well as a career in acting, you’ve now produced a highly successful web series. Do you prefer producing or acting?
Suzie: Acting. But I'm a demon between the excel spread-sheets. That's your only joke, I promise.
Revellers: And do you prefer acting for camera or on stage?
Suzie: Camera because I have emotional facial twitches and nostril flares that quite frankly are lost on a theatre audience.
Revellers: What is your favourite memory from a Revels in Hand booking?
Suzie: Performing The Provoked Wife in a beautiful church in Holborn. I was given carte blanche to dig up my cod french accent and sass around in high heels as a saucy maid called 'Mademoiselle'. Audiences were enthralled. I think.
I also treasure memories of playing 'Stella' across stunning properties in London. She is a wonderfully flawed and flamboyant character dreamed up by Noel Coward. Like me, she fiddles whilst Rome is burning.
Revellers: You worked with Revels in Hand’s public production company on A Midsummer Night’s Dream back in 2016. What was that like?
Suzie: A joy. Somehow I was allowed to sing 'Happy Birthday' as Cheryl Cole in Act 5. I suppose I bullied the director into letting this happen. It was probably the most fun I've had on a professional show to date.
Revellers: What would you recommend we catch on stage or TV at the moment?
Suzie: TV - Informer. Paddy Considine is a hunk and I'd like to take him to Nandos one day. Or Cafe Rouge (not fussy!)
Stage - Jessie Cave's spectacular show 'Sunrise' or Natalie Palamides 'Nate'. Both very very very good. And very very very funny.
Revellers: Who is your favourite actor/actress?
Suzie: Actress - me. Actor - Peter Capaldi.
Revellers: What would you be if you weren’t an actor?
Suzie: Tricky. Probably a Concert Pianist or a Traffic Warden.