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What’s In a Name?

The UK tour of 'What's In a Name?' opens at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this week, and to celebrate we've managed to snaffle a brilliant last-minute £15 discount per ticket for Muddy readers. You're welcome!

Get ready for a laugh – cos What’s In a Name? promises to have you rolling round in your seat.

This is one dinner party you don’t want to miss.  And you don’t have to – cos Muddy readers get £15 off each ticket when they book for shows on this Thurs to Sat. (Quick, call the Box Office on 01483440000!!)

The show stars Joe Thomas from Fresh Meat and The Inbetweeners (remember Simon?) as a dad-to-be Vincent, who with his partner Anna is invited to a dinner party at his sister’s house.

Elizabeth and Peter are the hosts and they’ve also invited childhood friend Carl along, for what’s supposed to be a grown-up and sophisticated gathering. It doesn’t take Einstein to know it’s not going to end up that way.

A startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent and Anna’s baby becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. And no one is holding back as egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed.

Anyway, to get you in the mood, we collared three of the stars – Joe Thomas, Bo Poraj and Alex Gaumond – for a quick Q&A.

Left to right: Alex Gaumand, Summer Strallen, Joe Thomas, Laura Patch and Bo Poraj

Okay, Joe – you’re pretty well known for your telly characters especially Simon in The Inbetweeners and Kingsley in Fresh Meat. Tell us your fave?

I suppose maybe the thing I really wished could have done more of was a little thing I did on Sky 1 which was a show called Chickens with my two friends from university – its brave of me to admit this as my favourite as it didn’t get recommissioned and wasn’t very wasn’t very successful.

Okay, so what about the move from screen to stage? 

They’re very different crafts! Television is weird because your audience isn’t there – the audience is the camera lens.  So that’s odd, imagining the reactions of someone who’s not there. And with television you can get away with being almost unfeasibly lazy about learning your lines.

That’s not the case with theatre, obviously! You are out there and you are exposed for the entire time, and you just can’t do it again. Well, you can the next night of course, but that’s a bit late for the people who were there!

Bo, you’re no stranger to the screen either (Miranda, Doctors, Holby City) – what’s your fave?

Miranda was one of those rare experiences where it was a really wonderful, happy job and it did so well in top of that – and it was as much fun to film as it appears on screen! 

Bo Poraj as Peter

You play Peter in What’s In a Name – what can we expect?

He’s a university lecturer and I suppose other people might call him a pedant, but he would probably say that he’s just got a very strong sense of what’s right and wrong.  He probably comes over as a bit pompous, but arguing in his corner he felt like he had the moral high ground.

Alex, this will be Joe and Bo’s first time performing in Guilford but for you it’ll be like coming home – is this right?

I went to Guildford School of Acting – I was there for three years and I loved my time in Guildford. I grew up in Canada and I moved to the UK in 1997 so it was really nice, rather than moving straight to London which would have been a bit of a shock to the system.

So, tell us what we can look forward to in the play?

It’s a play that has a lot of reveals. It’s not just about what you think it’s about – it has a lot of heart and deeper intellectual debates, and it it expands into something more surprising and more fun. There will certainly be surprises.

What’s In a Name is at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from Thurs 5 – Sat 14 Sept. 

Muddy readers can get £15 off tickets for shows from Thurs 5 – Sat 7 by phoning the YAT box office on 01483 44 0000. The offer is open to first-time bookers at Yvonne Arnaud.


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