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Laura Pradelska: Dogstar

14 November 2013 | Mary Howell

“It’s short, it’s fun, it’s poignant and everyone should come and see it!”

The Tabard Theatre’s new production, Dogstar, is based in a wild western town where everything, even urinating, will cost you a buck. Sound a bit like Kings Cross anyone?

Mary Howell talks to leading lady Laura Pradelska about the production, duvet possessiveness, getting famous and Game of Thrones…

London Calling: The opening’s tomorrow, everything going to plan?

LP: I’m always nervous. I admire people who aren’t! But the preview last night went really well.

LC: From voice over work and playing a stripper in a one-woman comedy to Game of Thrones, you’ve had quite a fun career. What’s one of your personal highlights?

Laura Pradelska: There are a few. Graduating from Drama Centre was a big deal for me because I hadn’t been very good at school. Winning The Fringe Report Award was a huge highlight, and my dad was in the audience, which was really wonderful. Game of Thrones has also changed my career.

Getting a job is always a thrill too. It never wears off! It’s competitive, like any industry. You have to work hard and be the best at what you do.

LC: Have you done any western theatre before?

LP: Never. I love it! I knew nothing about it. I had to really read up on it and watched a couple of western movies, one with Brigitte Bardot.

LC: Is Dogstar quite comical?

LP:Definitely, I love doing comedy. Of course I love to do drama and there is a lot of comedy in drama and visa versa. It’s such a fun production, such fun people as well. You’ll have nights when no-ones laughing though too!

LC: Have you ever had a moment where you wish the stage would just swallow you up?

LP: Once I’m in it and I’m on stage performing, I don’t really think about it that much. But I have moments like that in real life all the time, so that makes up for it!

LC: It’s the 4th show the writer and director have produced at The Tabard.

LP: Yeah, they’re such a good team. I worked with them once before. I think that’s the biggest testament, if you get asked back. The Tabard’s awesome. It’s a brilliant theatre run by a great crew. The play has no interval too, which is the kind of theatre I like to go to. 

LC: Dogstar evolves around human obsession with ownership. I can get a bit obsessive about how I like my tea, is there anything you can be controlling about at times?

LP: Yes, my duvet! My husband steels my duvet at night. I like my books too. I love reading! I have a Kindle and need it to fall asleep every night.

LC: I hear it’s likely to travel to the West End?

LP: I don’t know. That was written in some article. It would be great if it did! I wouldn’t think twice about going with it. It’s a dream to work in the West End and this is just the nicest crew of directors and actors. I wouldn’t hesitate for one second.

LC: I was talking to an actress who’d been big on TV but was focusing on her career in theatre, does either call to you more?

LP: I love them all to be honest. I have to say, coming off stage yesterday, I felt so happy and at peace. I so love being on stage, but I equally love being on set. Whenever you do one thing, you can never imagine doing anything else. I still get a rush every time.

LC: Game of Thrones is massive. Is fame something that interests you?

LP: Game of Thrones has helped with getting other work, but fame’s not something that I’ve ever aspired to. That was never the goal. The goal was quite the opposite, to be a working actress. It’s something I neither embrace nor push away.

LC: What plays have you seen recently that’ve excited you?

LP: I’ve seen some really great plays. I have a friend Chikéwho was in the production of All My Sons at the Royal Exchange in Manchester. That was ridiculously good. I also saw The Pride by Alexi Kaye Cambell. It was unbelievable; I still talk about it all the time. The whole cast, the direction, everything.

LC: Would you be interested in doing some of his plays?

LP: Yes, please! I’d jump at it! He’s a brilliant writer.

Beer barrels, gun barrels and barrels of laughs; Dogstar runs at The Tabard Theatre from 12th – 30th November. To get your tickets head here.

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