Maureen Egerup

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Denmark?Egerup_Maureen

I’m originally from Plymouth in England. I lived for five years on the west coast of Canada where I met a certain Dane, and I came to Denmark in 1971. I joined CTC in 1974 and have been a member ever since, apart from six years in the eighties when we lived in England.

How have you been involved with the CTC?

The first production I was in was Aspects of Marriage. Soon after that, I worked backstage on Relatively Speaking in which Eira, Grandma in The Snow Queen, appeared gorgeously on stage in a bikini! Over the years I’ve been in a number of plays, sung in Victorian Music Halls, and worked backstage on just about as many productions as I’ve been in. I’ve confined my backstage activities to props though since I am useless, and no doubt dangerous, if required to do anything technical.

I’ve done more stints on the committee than I care to remember, including being chairman and secretary, and for a few years I wrote the newsletter which was sent out by snail mail in those days. I’m happy to see the newsletter resurrected, now in digital form.

What is your greatest CTC achievement so far?

Greatest CTC achievement so far? I don’t think I’ve done anything that could be described as ‘great’ but I don’t think I was too bad as Rose in Pinter’s The Room. That was certainly my greatest challenge. I was a teeny bit proud of Madge in The Dresser too – a smallish part but a very ‘real’ character. I am never really satisfied with a performance. There’s always something I wish I had done differently. I suspect we all know that feeling!

What is your favourite play?

How difficult to choose. I think A Midsummer Night’s Dream if I’m only allowed one but Arthur Miller’s The Crucible isn’t far behind.

Who would you cast as yourself in a movie of your life?

That would have to be Judi Dench if only because we’re about the same height!

Tell us something that might surprise people.

I once won a twist competition.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Reliable, robust (yes, really) and optimistic.

Dinner for four – you and 3 others – living or otherwise – who would you invite and why?

Jane Austen for her dry wit, Voltaire to stir up the conversation and Dolly Parton for fun. Not an equal gender balance I’m afraid but I’m sure Voltaire will be able to hold his own.