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5 mins with Laura Rogers

As 'Rules For Living' takes to the stage at Kingston's Rose Theatre, we caught up with Bad Girls actress Laura Rogers.

Ok, Laura, give us the basics…

I grew up in Swansea, South Wales and left at 18 to train at RADA and I’ve been living in London ever since.

What’s Christmas like in your household?

Every year if I can, I go back home to Swansea. We will have a long walk along the beach on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is spent at my mum’s house – it’s a traditional Christmas, there’s usually six of us. We eat lunch and then play games and watch Christmas television.

Do you have a favourite place on this tour?

I’ve enjoyed all the places for different reasons. In Northampton, four of us stayed in the same house so that was fun. Cambridge is a beautiful place to visit and Brighton has great coffee shops and the sea which I love. I think we’re going to the fair on the pier this week – we try to experience as much as we can on tour.

Which is better telly or theatre?

I love theatre. I love the rehearsal process and the adrenaline rush you get with a live audience. Being able to hear the audience’s reaction and laughter always gives you a boost. But television has a different excitement to it – there’s an immediacy, often you have to hit the ground running and you don’t have as many chances to get it right – so it’s a different kind of thrill.

What’s your biggest vice?

I’m not sure if it’s a vice but I love karaoke. I always get up and do my Whitney Houston if I get an opportunity. And I can’t resist salt and vinegar crisps.

Most embarrassment moment professionally?

That’s easy. I was doing Tipping The Velvet, at the Lyric Theatre and myself and another actress were performing an aerial silk routine where we were winched high in the air. We were both in corsets, flesh coloured tights and little satin French knickers – trying to be very graceful, but we had a very quick costume change before and I forgot to put the French knickers on so I was hoisted into the air with nothing but a corset and my flesh coloured tights. The man operating the hoist shouted ‘She’s got no knickers on!!!’ I’ve never lived that one down!

Rules For Living is at the Rose Theatre, Kingston from Tues 7 – Sat 18 Nov. rosetheatrekingston.org

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