Q&A with Colleen Davis from Here Lies Love

Colleen Davis gives us the lowdown on how she prepared for her role in Silo Theatre's Here Lies Love.

What attracted you to collaborating with Silo on HERE LIES LOVE?

I have long wished to work with Silo Theatre whose ethos and approach to theatre I find inspiring and compelling. I would pretty much drop anything to work with Sophie Roberts (director). Dan Williams (set design) is a dream maker. Robin Kelly (musical director) is the kindest, most generous and inspired maestro I know. I love pouring myself into the latest confections Elizabeth Whiting (costume design) has cooked up for me. The material is intellectually fascinating. What a time in history to be digging down into how power becomes a pathology. What’s not to love?

What do you do to prepare for a show like this?

As Imelda would say the whole man is nurtured in body, mind and in spirit. I practice Mysore style Ashtanga and sleep as much as possible. I do a lot of research so I am reading whatever I can about Imelda and the context around her life the lyrics are very specific so we need to know what we are singing about. My entry into the process is also very aesthetic. I try to see the world and then position myself there. So I’ve been looking at a lot of red carpet images and gowns and shoes lol. And of course I have been listening a lot, immersing myself in the album for over a year now.

What's your favourite David Byrne or Fatboy Slim tune?

David Byrne is one of my favourite songwriters alive. Heaven by Talking Heads is some major juju for me.

What 3 words would you use to describe the show? Why?

Imeldific: the staging is as bombastic and spectacular as the woman herself. Beauty, beauty and more beauty until you can’t take it anymore.

Booty-shaking: the band are mother-f*^%#€s and this music is funky.

Challenging: all that glitters is not gold and when you scratch beneath the veneer of these songs there is a dark soul.

What are you most excited about?

Drowning in diaphanous disco boogie every night for two weeks with this shit-hot band and four inspiring powerhouse women.

What can the audience expect?

Booty- shaking bombast with brains

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