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Bravehearts Catch Up - Mia Landgren

Posted on 30 March 2016
Bravehearts Catch Up - Mia Landgren

Spotlight on Mia Landgren, Braveheart (Comedy of Errors, 2012 & Much Ado About Nothing, 2013)
Mia has taken part in two Braveheart programs (Comedy of Errors, 2012 & Much Ado About Nothing, 2013). She quickly made her way to the ASC main stage productions, first as an Understudy for Romeo and Juliet, then as a lead actress in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2013-14. In 2014 she starred as OPHELIA in the ASC's production of HAMLET. In 2015 Mia played was cast to play Tinkerbell in the brand new family production of Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies. She also works on the ASC's school incursion program. She took a moment this week to catch up with us and tell us what she has been up to!  


What lessons from Bravehearts do you still use/ is there anything that you reflect on or that stands out in your memory?
In the 2012 Bravehearts production of Comedy of Errors I was cast as EMILIA and DOWSABEL. As a young actor, these character parts were a fun challenge as they were so far outside usual casting. I remember working very closely with company actor Kevin Hopkins to develop characters that physically and vocally served the production. I look back on that rehearsal process in particular as a special time where I just got to play and try new things. It was during this production that I discovered a love of performing Shakespeare. His plays demand actors to be brave and make bold choices. I try to remember that when I walk into the, always daunting, first day of rehearsal.


How did you transition from Bravehearts to Main stage ASC?
In Comedy of Errors I was also understudying one of the main female characters, the young lover LUCIANA. I relished the opportunity to tackle another character's text and took my understudy role very seriously. After Comedy of Errors the Artistic Director of ASC, Glenn Elston then auditioned and cast me in the company's 2013 Main stage production of Romeo and Juliet as JULIET'S understudy. This was my first professional theatre job.  I learned a great deal on that production by just watching professional actors work.

What productions have you performed in with the ASC?

I began in the education program and have steadily worked my way up to performing main stage roles. My first production in 2013 was Romeo and Juliet as the female understudy. In 2014 I was cast as HERMIA in A Midsummer Night's Dream and also as OPHELIA in Hamlet. This year I played TINKERBELL the company's new production of Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies. I also perform in the ASC incursion program - touring schools.


What was it like to play Tinkerbell?


It is always really exciting to be cast in a brand new ASC company production! The script, music and characters were developed throughout the rehearsal process. The young cast worked closely with writer and director Glenn Elston, Musician Paul Norton and choreographer Sue Ellen Shook to bring the fairies to life in the gardens. I think that is was extremely clever to use an iconic Disney character like Tinkerbell as a pathway for young children in the world of Shakespeare. The kids responded to really well to Shakespeare's fairies and text from A midsummer Night's Dream. Playing Tinkerbell, especially in this context, was a joy - 6 weeks went by too quickly!

Mia as Tinkerbell in the 2016 Production of 'Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies'.

What else have you been working on?
In 2014 I portrayed HELEN OF TROY in the Australian premiere of Margaret Attwood's The Penelopiad at La Mama Courthouse. In 2015 I toured Aus/NZ with Essential Theatre's production of Macbeth and played VIOLA in TheatreINQ's production of Twelfth Night.

 

 

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