Behind-the-Scenes with James Sutton

We wanted to give you a sneak peek at the brilliant cast of ‘Caroline’s Kitchen’ as they prepare for a their first night at Derby Theatre (photos by Sam Taylor) and a few facts about how they prepare for the show…

We spoke to James Sutton who plays Graeme.


Do you have any backstage rituals or superstitions?

No rituals as such but I like to have music on whilst getting ready, it helps me relax and stops me getting too nervous. I can fully recommend some Funk or some HipHop.

How do you warm up before a show?

I do a vocal warm up in the auditorium, consisting of lots of humming, some scales and lots of lip/tongue face stuff to hopefully stop me from stumbling over any words. We’ve got a little vocal routine we do as a cast, followed by a little huddle which is always a nice way to get some focus.

Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes from behind the scenes of Caroline’s Kitchen?

The whole tour has been a lot of fun, we all get on well, so not a day goes by that doesn’t include us all laughing together. Its been great.

How do you make yourself feel at home in a theatre for the week?

I like to make the dressing room feel as homely as possible. I often share with Tom England, we have a little gym set out and he has his guitar with him, its just nice to have a relaxing place to be between scenes.

What is your favourite theatre to work in or are you most excited to visit?

Liverpool Everyman has been my favourite. Its a beautiful theatre, the audience are right up close to the stage which makes for an exciting, intimate experience. I live up there too, so it was nice to be back on home soil. Im excited to go to Eastbourne and be near the sea again. Sea air is good for the soul.

Caroline’s Kitchen tours until April when we transfer to New York. Find all the details here.