Yet she enjoys drama more. Her performance as the mysterious, repressed friend of Isadora Duncan, in Martin Sherman's When She Danced, won her admiring notices and an Olivier award. She found the containment of the character strangely liberating and created the sense that this woman had endless reserves of buttoned-down passion.
Her latest role is Babette in The Fire Raisers, by the Swiss playwright Max Frisch. Thanks to his influential discussions with Brecht, people have been misled into supposing the play must be didactic and dull. "Certainly not," says de la Tour, who points out how brilliantly funny it is. "I can't bear political agitprop. This is a much richer play about how ordinary people allowed fascism to happen." Post-VE day, it couldn't be more timely.
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