Frith steals the show
Bermudian actor Julia Frith has been robbing banks across the UK — and loving it.
Ms Frith, 23, is on a British and Irish tour of the hit show The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
She said: “The amount of times I’ve heard people remark that they haven’t laughed like that in years — if ever — has really shown me how important it is to create shows that give people a chance to express their pure unfettered delight.
“I can’t get over the fact that it’s my job to make people cry with laughter.”
Ms Frith added: “Another highlight is that being on tour means I’m getting paid to travel all over the UK, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
“I get to explore the towns, castles, forests, and perform in some of the most beautiful theatres, not to mention getting to know the people along the way.”
Ms Frith said the play was about a bank robbery complicated by love triangles, mistaken identities and hidden agendas.
She said: “I play Caprice Freeboys, con artist extraordinaire and leading lady of the show.
“She is constantly trying to fix the messes her fellow robbers are creating, using her wit, charisma, aerial singing charm and surprising charades skills.”
The show, already a hit in London’s West End, was created by the Mischief Theatre Company.
Ms Frith said she had not seen the show before she won her part, but was aware of the company’s previous productions, including the international success The Play That Goes Wrong.
She said: “I dreamt of one day working in their shows. It was one of those ‘Gosh, maybe one day after I graduate I’ll be working with Mischief’ kind of dreams.
“All of their productions were incredibly physical, fast-paced, smart, hilarious. I took my brother to see The Play That Goes Wrong, and my partner and I saw Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
“They were the funniest shows I’d ever seen. We cried with laughter, along with every other audience member watching with us.”
Ms Frith said she met Sooki McShane, the play’s casting director, while she studied at London’s Rose Bruford College and contacted the theatre company on her advice.
She auditioned three weeks later.
Ms Frith said: “From there it was a typical audition process. I went through three rounds of acting in front of the directors, writers, producers, founding company members and potential cast.
“It was intense, and before I knew it I had gotten my first job, two months before graduation, with one of the best comedy shows in London.”
Ms Frith added that the production was demanding, with countless props and quick fire jokes.
She said: “I am onstage for a lot of the show, and when I’m not, I’m in a quick change, grabbing props, or climbing ladders for the next bit. The energy output is huge.
“Being able to do that and still have breath to shout, sing, and connect with the emotion of the story is the ultimate goal.
“I’m learning a lot about consistency. I’ve gone from doing only four shows in a run, to doing eight shows in five days, every week for a whole year.
“So far we’ve done over 80 shows and to keep up the same amount of energy and fresh zest for every show is something I’m still learning how to do.”
Ms Frith is far from the first in her family to take to the stage. Her relatives include international musician Heather Nova and celebrated puppeteer Michael Frith.
She said anyone interested in the performing arts, or any profession, had to commit to their passion and take action.
Ms Frith said: “People will give you all the reasons in the world why you shouldn’t live the life of your dreams.
“I was terrified of writing to Mischief, I was scared of auditioning, and even now I’m afraid as I write to agents inviting them to my show, but every time I was scared and made the choice to do something anyway, I’ve seen amazing results in my life.
“I’ve become a fire spinner, an aerialist, Bermuda’s first professional mermaid and just graduated from the best drama school.
“I now have an amazing job and am truly living the life of my dreams every day.”
• For more information about The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, visit thecomedyaboutabankrobbery.com/UK-tour