I had never met Lydnee-Jane before but I’ve seen her work – often – from way back when she was a newbie, one of the talented cast for Skitz, a New Zealand TV comedy show through several plays – and then some of the plays that she has directed too.
We talked through her career – from growing up on a farm in Feilding, “a born actor”, to am-dram and on to drama school, to driving between cities to rehearse one play during the day while starring in another at night, as well as work on children’s TV shows, voiceovers for cartoons and ads, plenty of time treading the boards as an actor and the move to directing. We also do a big plug for Circa’s upcoming Hand to God, which Lyndee-Jane is directing. I really enjoyed finding out a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff – how rehearsals work, what happens when there are mistakes or wobbles, or last-minute replacements; how to pitch a show and the gestation period from page to stage…
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Please enjoy episode 58 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Lyndee-Jane Rutherford