Rosie Cava-Beale is making her professional debut straight out of drama school in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. She tells Giverny Masso about the experience…
How did you get into theatre?
I started when I was about 10 at a local theatre group. When I was 13, my parents took me to see Wicked in the West End, and I remember being blown away. That led me to start dancing and singing lessons. I did A levels, because I decided I wanted to keep that avenue open and I loved school. After that I auditioned for drama school and went to Arts Ed. Drama school was the hardest thing I have ever done and I really loved it. I couldn’t have wished for better training or teachers, and the passion they had. I finished university and then started this job.
What has it been like working on your first professional show?
In the audition, everyone in the room was so friendly and fun. I thought: “This is a group of people I’d love to work with.” I told myself: “I’m just going to have fun and enjoy the audition”, and that’s what I did. I was over the moon when I got it. It’s a small, intimate cast, so I know everyone really well. Creating something together is really exciting. Watching the leads work is an invaluable experience. Everyone says you come out of training and that’s when you learn everything. It’s amazing watching everyone develop their performance and process and seeing how everybody works.
What is your part in the musical?
I’m an ensemble member, so I have waitress scenes and some random lines – which is fun for a first job. We did one exercise where we really created the smaller parts with the actors playing the main characters. We did a huge timeline working from beginning to end.
What are your hopes for the future?
My absolute dream would be an international tour, where I could see the world. Also [to be in] things that have a really important message, maybe some political theatre that can change people’s perspectives. It’s such an exciting time to be leaving drama school when so much is going on for women and diversity and so many doors are being opened. I’m really grateful to the people before me who opened those doors.
What is your advice for others trying to get their first role?
Learning to trust and believe in yourself is a hard thing. There was a big moment when I realised auditions aren’t about whether you’re good enough, it’s whether you are what they are looking for. Instead I think “I can sing this”, and “As long as I know I’ve done the best I could have done then it’s okay”. It’s so daunting breaking into the industry though – I thought “Oh gosh, what if I don’t work for 10 years?” My dad always says “It’s got to be someone, so why not you?”
Training: Foundation in musical theatre at Arts Educational Schools (2014-2015); BA in musical theatre at Arts Educational Schools (2015-2018)
First professional role: Ensemble member in Aspects of Love at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester
Aspects of Love runs at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester until August 9