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Take Five with Amy Enticknap

Amy Enticknap is an Actor and Producer with a brand new theatre company, The Saturday Matinee Company.  This is a ‘no frills’ theatre company, providing high quality bitesized theatre for anyone, from regular theatre goers to those who need persuading.  SatMatCo offers something different for Oxford’s Saturday shopper or visitor – an hour of your time to see a new play, performed by professional actors, using only basic set and props.  Their first production was a huge success and tickets are already selling very well for their next production, "Connie's Colander", which is part of the Oxford Fringe. Playing for three performances in May and June, tickets can be booked here.  This is a two hander starring Amy and the play's writer, Gaye Poole. 

Amy's CV covers theatre, film, television, radio and voice over work, covering everything from the classics, comedy and improvisation to new writing.  She has worked for the BBC right down to small local companies and is bringing all that experience to this new theatre venture.  With the two other artists, Director Katie Read and Actor and Writer Gaye Poole, Amy is also bringing all her other creative skills into play as Producer.

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
The freedom. The freedom to 'play'. The freedom to be my own boss and pick and choose creative projects that I really want to do/believe in. The freedom to go off on adventures abroad for weeks/months at a time. That's more than a single thing isn't it, sorry! I guess the freedom represents many aspects...
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I often get asked this question and I'm afraid I don't have one particular hero/heroine I aspire to. It's more of an attitude I try to adhere to, if you like. Bit of a cliche, but it works for me: be bold, don't be afraid to take risks and the hardest thing of all in this industry, I think; try to remain true to yourself.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
That acting is just a job, don't take it too seriously. Live life. Make the most out of your life through experiences of travel and other interests and hobbies. Life feeds an actor, more than the jobs that you've done or that are listed on your CV, I believe. As a then young and impressionable 'rabbit in the headlights' actor, the drive and power of 'Live Life' wasn't obvious to me, like it is now.

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Go for a cycle ride or a walk in the countryside/along the river and forget about it for a few days! Nature puts it all in perspective for me.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
A flat ankle boot - my Russell & Bromley tan coloured ones with a buckle, to be precise (which are falling apart as I've lived in them!) Why? They are classy, elegant, but above all, comfy and I feel grounded in them, ready to take on life's challenges feet first!

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