Behind-the-Scenes with Tom England

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 Tom England who plays Leo.


Do you have any backstage rituals or superstitions?

Before I started acting, I was not a superstitious person at all but now a few have crept in. I always have to make sure I put deodorant on and brush my teeth but maybe that’s just called being hygienic. I also leave the mirror lights on while I’m on stage (May stop this as the planet might be more important than my performance.) Other superstitions: I jump a lot before I go on stage; I usually high-five or fist-bump somebody before I go on.

How do you warm up before a show?

I make sure my breathing is rooted down in the diaphragm by performing some Nadine George techniques. I warm up the mouth by going through the alphabet, doing tongue twisters and sirening. To warm up the body I usually do a series of football stretches and press-ups…

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

Nothing specific springs to mind. We laugh a lot everyday. There is still plenty of time so I’m sure I’ll have many stories by the end.

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

To be honest, after I’ve moved myself into my dressing and done my warm up on the stage, I tend to feel at home. One thing I do that probably helps is stand on the edge of the stage for a minute or so and take the whole theatre in.

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

Performing at the Globe was the most joyous I have felt on stage. During this run, the Liverpool Everyman Theatre has stood out as a favourite, not just because of its history but also because of the close proximity with the audience, making the play come to life even more. I am most excited about playing the Bath Theatre Royal because it’s my ‘home theatre’, and one I regularly went to as a child.

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