Name: Jesssamy Wilson-Pepper
Role within Company: Production Designer
I have a background in Theatre Design and administration. (Jemma: ‘Do you want to elaborate on that?’ Jess: ‘No’. )
How did you get involved with Skin Tight?
I worked with Angie, many years ago, at the White Bear Theatre on a play where dreadful things were done to her and I was impressed! She asked me if I would like to work on Extremities with her, Epsilon’s production in 2010, which I did. I knew she had been brewing on this one so long and so when she asked me to get involved with the research and development stage I couldn’t refuse. And then she got me drunk and kept asking me back on it – first for the show in Exeter and then Stockbridge and then this year for the Park. (She only really had to ask once to be honest – it’s very exciting!)
Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year?
There are so many because it was totally splendid the whole way through! I loved the fact that we went on a seaside R & D session and went and found proper barley and corn to go on the set (see photo above). I really liked working at the Cygnet in Exeter as everyone were total angels and I liked the fact that even though Angie and Johnny were so injured (Johnny had food poisoning and a broken heart and Angie had bruises all over her body) they still went on and the audience cried they were so good.
What are you up to at the moment?
I am currently covered in shit (almost literally) painting a floor in Angie’s garden – set building for round 3! And I suppose I’m avoiding my work for the Notting Hill Carnival, as I am also meant to be painting a set of giant wings and then 11 smaller ones for some carnival divas.
A particularly strong one is luring a donkey over to a fence and then riding it very slowly all around a field all by myself. The donkey was unwilling but also greedy. Oh and herding sheep!
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