Cameron Ball Interview
How long did you have to learn and rehearse the show?
We spent 4 weeks in a studio and on a mocked-up set, then a week of technical rehearsals, in the Edinburgh Playhouse before opening.
Were the director and choreographer particularly demanding about some parts or aspects of the show over others? If so, which ones and why?
The focus is continuing the story above all else.
How did you prepare yourself to play a cat?
I already knew a lot of the show, so my focus was on the details: how a cat moves, rests, interacts.
What were you told about the personality, relationships, and story of your character?
Yes - one of my parts is 'Macavity' who is a bad guy, like Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes. "Jealous, Hypnotic, Dangerous".
How do you interpret and play him?
Basically he's pure evil and a womaniser, so I try to portray that through my physicality, I use my height and strength.
What do you do to prepare before a show and how long does it take?
After physical and vocal warm-up, I paint my face and do additional stretches.
Which part of the show do you find the most difficult and which is the most enjoyable?
My most difficult section is my entrance as Macavity when disguised as Old Deut. I'm basically blind and then I have to explode!
Most enjoyable: crawling through the audience and seeing amazed faces.
What are the best and worst aspects of performing in CATS?
Best: dream show, a challenge, a long-running classic.
Worst: keeping energy and stamin up - it's very taxing on the body.
What is your favourite memory of your time in the show?
Doing the Jellicle Ball on opening night: a dream come true.
What are the most memorably criticisms or comments you've heard about the show?
That it's got a weird story. It shouldn't be looked at as a 'regular' musical. It's a theatrical artistic (master)piece.
How does it feel to have been part of such a ground-breaking, successful show?
A dream come true! I'm very lucky.
Are there any other memories, opinions or comments about the show and your time in it that you would like to share?
I remember being amazed by this show as a kid. It's an honour to be able to bring that magic to a new generation.