INTERVIEW WITH EMILY DOBBS

After training at Central School of Speech & Drama, Emily went on to found Jagged Fence Theatre Company. Their current production a bold re-working of Strindberg's masterpiece, The Father comes to Trafalgar Studio 2 in March for a strictly limited run. Emily attended the Stage One Workshop for New Producers and was awarded a Stage One Bursary for New Producers 2011-2012 for her production of The Only True History of Lizzie Finn, directed by Blanche McIntyre at the Southwark Playhouse. Last year she produced Uncle Vanya at the St James Theatre as part of the One Stage Season.

At the moment you are…
I'm producing and performing in a new version of Strindberg's The Father at Trafalgar Studios. It's a thriller and promises to be a tense, taut and highly charged evening!

What does Stage One mean to you?
It's feels like a community! A wonderful network of support from contemporaries and advice from more experienced professionals. It's a unique enterprise in its commitment to commercial producing and giving emerging producers invaluable guidance.

Last show you saw and loved?
View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.  Visceral, ambitious and utterly compelling. One of those rare shows that blows theatrical convention out of the water. I left inspired by its power and with my senses ignited!

Highlight of 2015?
The Father, without a doubt. It's been incredible working with Abbey Wright (Director) on such exhilarating and fascinating play.

What's the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Be specific. The passion is the easy part. I've learnt with the more shows I've produced that the best work is in the detail and the courage to change your mind and adapt. Specificity and fearlessness.