This time, show is all about Miriam
IT is hard to believe English star of stage and screen Miriam Margolyes would ever get nervous, but the witty, forthright actor admits to being terrified ahead of her The Importance of Being Miriam Australian tour.
“Most people don’t go to work frightened but actors do,” Margolyes said.
“I’m terribly nervous about the show because it’s very exposing, but you have to do things that scare you, as otherwise you don’t grow, and I’m not ready to come to an end yet.”
Margolyes, who has homes in London and New South Wales’ Southern Highlands, was last in Perth for her one-woman show Dickens’ Women and said instead of focusing on her favourite author Charles Dickens this time, The Importance of Being Miriam, dedicated to her mother, was “all about me”.
Although Dickens will still make an appearance among her performance of some of literature’s best- known characters, including Lady Bracknell ( The ImportanceofBeingEarnest) and Lady Catherine de Bourgh ( Pride andPrejudice).
“It’s still like a conversation with the audience, with me talking directly to them and then doing different characters,” the 73-yearold said.
“A very brave man called Peter Adams has devised it, written it and directed it.
“He’s done the same thing with Julie Andrews, Michael Palin and David Attenborough, so he’s pretty experienced and he thought could probably handle me.
“I’m too close to the show to know if it’s any good or not, but I know that it’s truthful, and that’s good.”
The matron of ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries said she hoped audiences had fun.
“I want them to laugh and hopefully be slightly interested in me and enjoy the stories I’ll be telling,” she said.
Miriam Margolyes and (below) in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.