Get to know: Stephanie Back (Mary)

Where are you from?I'm originally from Somerset but happily based in the beautiful Cardiff. 

How long have you been working in theatre and how did you get started? I've been working in theatre since graduating from university in 2016. I first became interested in theatre when I saw Deaf performer Sophie Stone on the stage. I'd only recently become Deaf at the time and I thought she was such a powerful role model that I started to fall in love with acting.

What projects have you recently worked on?

I've recently been performing in You've Got Dragons with Taking Flight Theatre Company and I'm also in the process of creating my own play exploring Welsh and Deaf cultures, communication and identity.

Tell us about your character in 2023 - what's she like? I'm playing Mary - she's amazing! What I love most about her is her determination and focus; once she's got something in her head she does everything she can to achieve her goal. She's got many protective barriers up but ultimately has this beautiful overriding desire to find her family. Mary is very confident with who she is as a Deaf person, and is a very skilled lip-reader unlike myself! 

What most excites you about performing in 2023? What I love about 2023 is that the characters just happen to be either Deaf or part of the LGBTQ+ community and yet it explores topics that don't require the characters to be like that. This is not seen much at all and it is really beautiful to be a part of. It's also my first ever role that I've been speaking in rather than signing, so it's a big challenge for me but I'm finding it really exciting!