‘Switched on, driven and burnt out’
Eleanor Morrison plays the role of Katha in this year’s production of Maple & Vine.
Eleanor is a lawyer in the Disputes Team at Ashurst.
We’ve asked Eleanor a few questions to gain some greater insight into her background, reason for performing and what excites her about her role as Katha.
Is this your first BottledSnail production?
I was a member of the cast for BottledSnail’s production of Parade and a member of the production team for BottledSnail’s 12 Angry Men.
What drew you towards the BottledSnail community?
At first I thought the BottledSnail community might be a sort of sub-community of the legal industry where I could devote some time to an activity that was creative, but quite separate from my professional life in the law. To the contrary, being involved with BottledSnail has shown me that there is a real depth of support in the legal community for people who want to be creative or try something new. I’ve found that investing in an activity outside my normal work routine has actually made me feel more engaged with my existing “work world”.
Why did you choose to perform?
I like assisting in telling a story. I was drawn to the story of Maple & Vine and wanted to be a part of telling the story to people in the legal community and provoking discussion.
As you are playing the role of Katha, if you could describe her in one word what would it be?
Relatable. I don’t think Katha is always likeable but I think parts of her story will strike a chord with the audience.
What excites you about this role and what challenges does it bring?
The role excites me because I think Katha’s story is a vehicle for addressing some broader issues facing my generation and my generation in the legal industry. I feel challenged by the material though. Because it’s an important story to tell, there’s a bit riding on the execution!
The play explores a number of themes, what is the most important one for you?
Freedom and the idea that choice can be crippling. If you grow up being told that you are special and you can do anything you want with your life, how can you be sure that you’ve chosen the best path?
Tickets can be found here: http://mapleandvine.bottledsnail.com/ and the details are: 2-5 December 2015 at 8:00pm, with a matinee on the 5 December 2015 at 2:00pm.