Who’s Upstairs: Frédéric Baptiste

Frédéric Baptiste is the director of London-Paris-Roam! on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 March 2017

Home town?
Paris. Forever.

Tell us a little more about your show?
It’s a one-woman musical with the delightful, delicious, de-lovely Sarah Tullamore. The second one I’ve directed with her.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Travelling all around the world with « London Paris Roam ». In the meantime, writing a new musical with a famous french pop singer…

And the project you’re dreaming of?
Shooting a movie I’ve written. A love story between two women that takes place in the French countryside, at the end of the thirties. Based on the true story of my Great-grandmothers…

How did you get into theatre?
I got there because I wanted it more then anything else. It is a passion that started when I was a kid, watching Fred and Ginger’s movies, then Fellini’s, then Bob Fosse’s, then Nicholas Ray’s “Rebel without a cause”. I’ve always wanted to tell stories – I’m an insatiable dreamer – so I followed actor’s courses (at the National Chaillot Theatre in Paris) then screenplay workshops at the French National School of Cinema (La Femis). Being on stage was actually not my thing, so I took a seat in the audience and started to direct artists I met there… 

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
The true Sally Bowles and I’ll serve her a prairie oyster. Bonnard (French painter) to share a « blanquette de veau » with a glass of excellent French red wine.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
I’ve never been there, sorry !

What excites you about theatre?
I feel at home. And… « when I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing » (The Wiz)

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Believed in magic.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Love. When you can’t do it, talk about it. There’s nothing as grand as love.