Syndicated Interview with Charlie Brooks

Currently playing Ursula in The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Why do you think people should come and see The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

As a theatrical experience, this is probably like nothing else you've seen before! It doesn’t fall into your typical play genre because of the scale of production, with regards to the illusions, puppetry, the magic, and themes that run through the piece. The journey and the movement the young boy goes on feels very cinematic on stage so it’s really something quite extraordinary.


You play Ursula – do you see any of yourself in the character?

It's a dream to play a lead role as Ursula Monkton in the acclaimed National Theatre production. With any acting role I believe understanding your own human behaviour and speaking a truth is the best way to unlock a character. Ursula is quite complex though ultimately is someone that is just looking for a place to belong and call home. 


What do you hope audiences will take away from The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

I was so moved by the play, and the cast and I still have big discussions about what it’s about. The themes feel so profound and thought provoking in many ways seeing the show opens up the opportunity for discussions to begin. I hope audiences leave having had a spectacular night out at the theatre and ignite conversations about friendships, childhood, the universe and what else is out there!


Does the Alexandra Birmingham (or the city of Birmingham) hold any special significance for you?

I love Birmingham, the people and cannot wait for Brummie audiences to see this special show.


Do you have any advice for young people who hope to enter into a theatrical (or TV) career?

Never give up and follow your dreams! Over the last few years, I've built a platform called iampro which is revolutionising the way people can get into the industry offering live classes, on demand lessons and workshops with some of the best drama coaches who teach at some of the biggest drama schools in the country. It's an alternative route to drama schools that can be so expensive. It's creating new pathways for people to enter the industry and for people to feel part of the community and to network together. 

The Ocean At The End of the Lane is at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham between the 23rd - 27th May 2023

Buy your tickets here: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Tickets | The Alexandra, Birmingham in Birmingham | ATG Tickets

Full tour dates are available here: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Joel Horwood (

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