Gaye Poole is an actor, writer and one of the founding members of The Saturday Matinee Company. Originally training as both a general and a psychiatric nurse, she ran away to the theatre in her late twenties realising that the 'boards' rather than the wards were where her future lay. This experience, coupled with a method training at E15, has enabled Gaye to deliver performances of great sensitivity and realism, in both in role-play, and in theatre, for the past 30 years. Gaye is also a writer of warm and moving plays, including Memory Exchange and Connie's Colander, and also bespoke scripts for training and conferences in the world of health and social care.
The Saturday Matinee Company 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 two plays (one written by Gaye) were great hits with audience and reviewers. Their third production, 'Distractingly Female', by Renata Allen, will be at Arts at the Old Fire Station on 3rd, 10th and 17th October 2015. The cast will include Gaye and another Take Five guest, Amy Enticknap, bringing their marvellous on stage chemistry to the roles of Mother and daughter.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
Connecting with an audience, especially if I can move them in some way…….preferably not to the exit too soon! In our new venture: ‘Saturday Matinee Company’ which is ‘no frills’ theatre company,( i.e no set, no lights etc) we are actually eyeballing our audience, it is very scary but also equally exhilarating as we do feel we are talking to each individual rather than a block mass of darkened audience.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I have always loved Alan Bennett’s writing, particularly his ‘Talking Heads’. I think I am attracted to any writer or actor who is ‘down to earth’ I’ll sneak in an actor too: Julie Walters partly as she first trained as a nurse as I did so I have always felt a ‘connection’ with her.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
“Don’t try and emulate anyone else, there is only one you.”
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Go through the alphabet and just think of a word for each letter and see what leaps out at you from the page….and if it is ‘gin’, well have one!
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
Definitely my well -worn flip flops, the thin soles tell a story of all the beaches they have trod and they are turquoise , my favourite colour.