Drawing: Laura Rogers in Pressure

Autographed drawing of Laura Rogers in Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre on London's West End

Welsh-born actress Laura Rogers returned to the West End in June in David Haig’s wartime play PRESSURE, which concludes its run at the Ambassadors Theatre this Saturday.

Born in Swansea, Laura left at the age of eighteen to attend RADA in London and has been based in the capital since. She was last seen in THE 39 STEPS at the Criterion Theatre in 2011, having appeared in four productions at Shakespeare’s Globe, including the role of Lady Macbeth. Laura is also well-known to television and film viewers, having featured in such high profile shows as DOCTOR WHO and HOLBY CITY and her role as Sheena Williams in the ITV drama BAD GIRLS.

PRESSURE is based on the true story of Royal Air Force meteorologist James Stagg, and Operation Overlord, particularly the weather-forecasting for the D-Day landings during the Second World War, advising the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Laura plays Kay Summersby, Ike’s driver and later secretary and confidante. It’s a role she originated for the 2014 World Premiere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and has been with the production ever since, which has included at transfer to the Chichester Festival Theatre, a National tour, London’s Park Theatre and the current West End residency at the Ambassadors.

She signed this drawing for me after a Saturday evening performance a few weeks ago.


Drawing: Laura Rogers and Sally Messham in Tipping The Velvet

Tipping The Velvet

The Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue is not a reference source I turn to often, especially the original 1811 edition. In fact, this is my first foray into such an esteemed piece of literature. I did so to look up the meaning, via google, since I don’t happen to own a copy, of the term, ‘Tipping the velvet’. It’s a Victorian euphemism for ‘cunnilingus’, oral sex in layman’s terms. It’s also the title for Sara Waters’ audacious bestselling debut novel, which became a TV series and now a new stage adaption by Laura Wade.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Tipping The Velvet completed it’s World Premiere at London’s Lyric Hammersmith theatre this month and is currently at the Lyceum in Edinburgh as part of the theatre’s 50th Anniversary season. The ‘Tipping’ tale is a Victorian coming of age story, when young Kentish girl and theatre-obsessed Nancy Astley falls in love with male impersonator Kitty Butler and follows her to London, “where unimaginable adventures await.” The lovers become a fully-trousered double-act in the West End, but as the narrator suggests, “you might not get the ending you paid for…but you’ll leave grossly entertained nevertheless.” Needless to say the publicity material does have the warning, ‘This show contains scenes of a sexual nature.’

Making her professional debut in the role of the ‘giddy with desire and hungry for experience’ Nan is Sally Messham and Laura Rogers plays Kitty. Both received critical plaudits and both kindly signed and returned my sketch, which contains a scene of an about to happen sexual nature.