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Stage And TV Actress Sandra Duncan

Stage director Murray McGibbon interviews English actress Sandra Duncan.

Sandra Duncan as Judith Bliss, sitting on a couch wearing a flowery kimono and holding a martini glass and a very long cigarette holder

Photo: Courtesy of Indiana University

Sandra Duncan as Judith Bliss on the set of Hay Fever

Acting for me has always been about portraying another person as truthfully as you can, and bringing all the color and all the texture that you can to that part—and taking the audience on the journey with you. Every role, every play, is a journey, and you have to engage the audience very, very quickly; and hopefully take them with you on that journey. So that ultimately at the end of the evening they will have experienced what you as a character have experienced.

Sandra Duncan recently starred in the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama’s production of Noël Coward’s play Hay Fever under the direction of Murray McGibbon.

She has performed many roles in repertory, including Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Lulu in The Birthday Party, and Alison in Look Back in Anger. In the 1970s she moved to South Africa, eventually winning fifteen best actress awards.

Recently Duncan has performed as Mrs. Birling in the Royal National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls. She has also appeared in the TV series Midsomer Murders, Doctors, and A Perfect State, and has narrated audio books, including Lady Antonia Fraser’s Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter. (repeat)

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