Florence Merrett

My love and passion for performing has grown, meaning I have taken an active role in all aspects of acting, dance, music and theatre.

Florence Merrett is studying MEng (hons) Civil Engineering at the University of Bath and has been selected as an Arts Scholar for 2018-19. Florence has had a passion for performing arts from a young age and shares how it has been a big part of her life through school, college and now university.

What is your background in your chosen art form?

At the age of four, I took part in my first musical playing Sandy the dog in Annie, and from then on my love and passion for performing has grown, meaning I have taken an active role in all aspects of acting, dance, music and theatre.

At school and college I involved myself in every performance opportunity, whether this be on or off the stage. Some of my performing roles include Tallulah in Bugsy Malone, Rizzo in Grease, Eponine in Les Mis, the First Witch in Macbeth and Anita in West Side Story. Outside of school I was also a part of Chichester Festival Youth Theatre and took part in many workshops and other theatre societies. I also furthered my love and knowledge of drama through taking GCSE and AS Theatre Studies.

What are you working on ahead of Platform?

I am doing a collaborative performance piece with Annayah Prosser, this is a piece of physical theatre based on the play Meet Me at Dawn and using the style of Frantic Assembly, using photographs by Jan Kirkham and Leah Garrad as the inspiration and backdrops for scenes. We are taking different elements from the script to devise a piece which will evoke strong emotions through the physicalisation of feelings.

If you are collaborating with other students tell us a bit about the process and how it’s going?

Working with Annayah Prosser has been successful and also fun to be able to bounce ideas off a talented actress and director. We have read through the Meet Me at Dawn script, playing around with reading monologues as dialogues and visa versa, and also looking at one character being the other’s conscience in some scenes. We are looking forward to bringing in the elements of physical theatre, and to start properly devising.

What/Who inspires, influences or drives you?

I am very inspired by the physical theatre practitioner Frantic Assembly, I love the way they are able to portray emotions and feelings without words, but rather through physical movements and body language. It is intriguing to watch and also perform in that style, with feelings enabled to be portrayed through unusual and different ways. One of my favourite performers is Ruth Wilson, I think she has an incredible style of acting, and watching her play Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre was truly inspiring.

Do you have any other creative pursuits?

Performing Arts; acting, singing and dancing is my only form of creative pursuit.

We’d like to thank Elly Williams for the generous support for this Arts Scholarship.

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