If you know Rebekah Lowings, then you probably know her as the tiny girl with the big belt (vocally, not accessory-wise). She has incredible credits to her name such as Mary Magdeline in Jesus Christ Superstar and Understudy Narrator in the Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat UK Tour. Now she is embracing her inner rock-goddess and blasting out Bonnie Tyler every night in ‘Knights Of The Rose’ in London.
But if you know Rebekah Lowings personally, then you know her as the loud-laughing, eternally positive, hard-working Kent-girl she is. Feisty and sweet at the same time, Bekki knows that if you want something, then you have to go out and get it. It’s this winning attitude that has kept her working since she graduated the Guildford School of Acting four years ago.
When I wanted to kick off these new interviews on my blog, I wanted to start off with people that I knew had worked hard to get where they are and have a varied view of the industry. I knew that Bekki had to be one of my first.
So here is Rebekah Lowings, talking about her latest show, her advice for aspiring professional performers, and how ‘the dream’ has changed for her over the years…
So tell me about your career so far…
So… My career so far… has been a bit of a whirlwind. Its been up and down and like a rollercoaster. Since graduating I’ve done Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, Moby Dick, Theory Of Relativity, Dick Whittington at the Palladium and now Knights of the Rose!
How do you think drama school prepared you for the professional industry?
Drama school certainly taught me that you have to put in the hard work. It broke me down and remade me. Although I feel sometimes they can be too harsh and expect too much from an individual. But then again so goes the industry so… [drama school prepares you] pretty well. (laughs)
It certainly helped me grow the heck up very, very quickly…
So, tell me about Knights of the Rose…
Knights of the Rose is Shakespeare, Chaucer, mixed with epic rock music. Like ‘A Knights Tale’ but imagine them belting out ‘Blaze of Glory’.
I play Lady Isobel who was orphaned at a young age and was taken in by the King and Queen. She has a beautiful through-line and is in love with the Prince.
What do you think audiences will take away from the show when they leave the theatre?
Well, audiences seem to enjoy how different the show is from anything else they’ve seen before. It’s a guilty pleasure. We whisk them away to another realm.
What is ‘the dream’ to you?
The dream to me… well it used to be to work, work and more work. But now, it’s just to be happy in what I do.
Creating something from scratch is always a favourite. Yeah sure, I’d love to be green or dream a dream but I also love travelling and touring and seeing the world.
What is your favourite musical soundtrack of all time?
Haha okay, my favourite musical soundtrack of all time… probably Jesus Christ Superstar or Rent.
Broadway and the West End have musicals based on films coming out of their ears. Which movie do you think should be made into a musical next?
White Chicks The Musical… I’m there!!!
I 100% support that! Now, my favourite stories to swap with people are audition horror stories. What has been your worst audition ever?
My worst ever audition…. (laughs) Tonsillitis. Singing soprano. Not a good combo!
I sang a line, they stopped me. I went home. Cried. Had a lot of carbs. And got the hell on with it. (laughs) We aren’t robots!
You said earlier how your career has felt like a bit of a rollercoaster. I think we can all relate to that. In what way has it been up and down for you?
I used to suffer severely with anxiety. It’s rife in our industry, but it crept into my everyday life and made me want to give the whole thing up. The constant slog of hearing or not hearing a ‘no’ made me go insane, and I felt like I wasn’t good enough anymore.
So I took a step back and tried to enjoy my actual life more… I started yoga, meditation, and it made such a huge difference in my everyday life, as well as my industry life. Which in turn actually helped me secure my next job.
It helped me be more grounded and breathe better. And realise that we aren’t robots. We are allowed to feel bad, sad and not good enough. But [it’s important] to know that feeling passes, to know it’s just a passing moment, and [it’s] not in fact how you actually feel.
What would your advice be to anyone aspiring to be a professional performer?
My advice to an aspiring actor… Stay in the loop [and] go to class. Go to class!
And maybe find an in-between job that gets you just as excited (or close to) a performing job.
Mental health… Know about it. Surround yourself with good people. And live that dream! Because it does happen.
Last but not least, who do you think West End Producer is?
West End Producer… Nathan Hunter Pope. (laughs) Stab in the dark!
Catch Rebekah Lowings in action in ‘Knights Of The Rose’ at the Arts Theatre in London from now until the 26th August 2018.