Careers: Day in the Life of ...; Kate Marlow, 38, Has Been Teaching Acting Hopefuls for Five Years. She's Renowned for Her Harsh Methods, but Claims She Can Spot a Star at Ten Paces

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Careers: Day in the Life of ...; Kate Marlow, 38, Has Been Teaching Acting Hopefuls for Five Years. She's Renowned for Her Harsh Methods, but Claims She Can Spot a Star at Ten Paces


Byline: Text by Sally Morgan.

7am Kate begins her day with a cold bath. `I ask all my students to do the same,' she says. `There's a lot of resistance, but when they get used to it, they begin to like it.' Kate reckons this is a necessity for would-be actors because it wakes up the mind and body and is good for the immune system. `Actors can't afford to be ill,' she says. `So staying healthy is vital. On another level, freezing water clears your mind of any other worries. Basically it's so cold you can't think of anything else that might hinder your acting that day.' Kate is constantly in demand as a drama coach and director and today she has to catch a train to London, an hour's journey away from her home in Brighton.

2pm First stop is the Canal Cafe Theatre, an intimate 60-seat theatre in Little Venice in West London. Kate wants to hire it for a production she plans to direct later this year.

`This might be a small theatre but it's very well-connected,' says Kate. `It was here, for instance, that the stage version of The League Of Gentlemen began. Because it's so cosy, actors lose their fear of stepping up on stage for the first time.'

The theatre's artistic director is Emma Taylor, Kate's oldest friend. They met at university in 1985 and trained as actors and directors at The School Of The Science Of Acting in North London.

3pm After clinching a deal with Emma, Kate is famished. As she grabs lunch, her mobile phone bleeps. She's late for her next appointment with ex-The Bill actress Jane Wall.

4pm Flagging down a cab, Kate rushes to the aptly named Teatro, a restaurant in the West End, where she's meeting Jane, formerly PC Di Worrell in the hit ITV1 show.

`I coached Jane two years ago to help her design her TV character,' says Kate. `She was playing a policewoman who had to go undercover as a prostitute so I showed her how to get into the mindset of such a woman.'

In January this year, Di Worrell was killed off in a fire, so now Jane is free, and she and Kate are working together on a Shakespearean play, with Jane in a leading role and Kate as director.

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