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Tell Us In 10: Josie Daxter

Yasmin Elkilany

By Yasmin Elkilany First Published 9 February 2023, Last Updated 21 April 2023

In our profile series, Tell Us In 10, we ask cast members and creatives of top London shows to tell us all about themselves in just 10 questions. From how their castmates would describe them and alternative careers, to their Theatreland idols, we want to know it all!

This week, we hear from Josie Daxter, who is the director of the NYT REP Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Find out more about Josie and her career so far below:

1) My route into theatre was…

Through my local youth theatre and then National Youth Theatre

2) The thing I love most about my job is…

Collaborating with a creative team and devising with a cast to make something new as a collective

3) My favourite show from present or past (that isn’t one I have worked on) is…

Love by Alexander Zeldin

4) A misconception about my job is…

That the director has all the answers. I have questions, lots of them!

Josie Daxter in rehearsals for Much Ado About Nothing with cast member Hannah Zoé Ankrah, photo by Helen Murray.

5) The hardest part about my job is…

Switching off at the end of the day.

6) The career moment I’m most proud of is…

Seeing, hearing, feeling audiences‘ perceptions shift during performances of The PappyShow’s What Do You See? in Stoke and Jersey.

7) On my days off I like to…

Go for a walk in nature, watch a good film, be with loved ones

8) A work habit I keep up is…

Always have a sharp pencil 

9) My inspiration is…

The people I encounter – I am endlessly curious (nosey) about what makes people tick

10) The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…

If you get stuck, think: What would Dolly Parton do?


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