An Interview with Sophie Ward
Sophie Ward played the beautiful, ill-fated love interest of Young Sherlock Holmes and Dr Helen Trent in long-running ITV drama Heartbeat. She also starred in the acclaimed mini-series A Dark Adapted Eye alongside Helena Bonham Carter and as Isabella alongside Juliette Binoche in the 1992 film version of Wuthering Heights.
Here, Sophie talks about her role in Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone, which comes to Leeds Grand Theatre, 24-29 April.
A Judgement in Stone is widely considered to be Ruth Rendell’s greatest work – why do you think that is?
The book is a testament to Rendell’s belief in the importance of literacy and combines this passionate statement with superlative storytelling.
Had you read the book before you were cast in the show – what did you love about the story?
I had not read this book, though I have read many of her works and have worked in two other adaptations: A Dark-Adapted Eye for the BBC and A Demon in My View which was a feature film with Anthony Perkins.
“Moments of great humour and pathos”
What is about this role that attracted you?
Eunice Parchman is a wonderful creation, both sympathetic and troubling.
How different is it being on stage as opposed to in front of the cameras?
They are different experiences, but of course, there is really an audience whether you are filming or on stage!
This production has been on the road since January – what are the nicest things about being on the road?
In some ways touring is like camping. Some of the everyday concerns of being at home fall away!
Finally, without giving too much away, why should audiences come and see A Judgement in Stone?
The play is a combination of a psychological thriller and a political observation of how society can leave some people behind. It has moments of great humour and pathos, particularly when you see all the characters come to life, though you know they are doomed!