Beauty is a quality that usually comes from the inside out and despite my brief telephone encounter and only seeing a couple of her work shots, Daphne Alexander does justice to the definition.
During her lunch break from rehearsals for ‘Hidden in the Sand’, a theatrical play by James Phillips where Alexander stars as a Greek Cypriot girl in London, she takes time to talk to The Cyprus Weekly about the new venture with an infectious excitement.
As she explains, the plot of ‘Hidden in the Sand’ centres on two Greek Cypriot sisters in their late 40s who were forced to leave Cyprus following the Turkish invasion of 1974.
The play is set in 1999 where one of the sisters – still traumatised by her experience - cocoons herself from what happened until she meets and falls in love with a British scholar.
Alexander plays Sophia, the woman’s niece and a war photographer, just back from Kosovo with an astonishing picture of a man shot in the head. The photograph brings Sophia fame as she embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her dad, who has been missing at war since 1974.
“Although the character of the dad never appears, he is an absent figure, but at the same time present in the mind of all the characters. The story has a lovely twist but I don’t want to say too much and spoil it,” she adds.
Written and directed by James Phillips, the play is the result of extensive research and travel, after he came to the island in 2010 and visited the occupied areas including Famagusta, Salamis and the UN laboratory where the DNA testing for missing persons is carried out.
She also reveals that Phillips’ own interest in photography is the source of her role in the play and that the name of the play derives from the Greek meaning of the word ‘Ammochostos’ or Famagusta.
Relatively new to the profession, Alexander has been working as an actress in London since she graduated from the London Academy of Music and Art in 2006.
Read more in The Cyprus Weekly.