Meet the Siren - Imogen Stirling
Updated: May 21
How are you today?
Satisfied. I’ve just finished recording vocals for a big portion of my show to send to my musical collaborator to set electro beats to. I’m definitely feeling husky (that’s what a year without live gigs will do to your voice…) but I’m immensely proud of this work.
So as we know you’re one of the founding members of Siren Theatre Company, did you always think you would end up working in theatre and the arts?
Sure did. I’ve always been a storyteller and have explored different art forms as a way to share words. After trialling stints with my focus solely on theatre, writing and music independent of each other, I’ve finally found that sweet spot blending all three and it feels like I’m right where I’m meant to be.
If you weren’t in the performing arts, in an alternative life, what route do you think you would have taken? Is there another job you would have loved to try out?
I’ve always wanted to try barbering - but in a very specific way. Performing on stage to big crowds, cutting exceptionally edgy styles (preferably using funky blades) and dying short hair wild colours. I started training in this at the start of the pandemic so, who knows, maybe my alternative life can begin merging with my real one.
Here at Siren, we think it’s important to celebrate and acknowledge our achievements. What has been your proudest professional moment; something you will never forget?
I’ve always been very proud of the success of my debut show, #Hypocrisy. I made a deliberate choice to write, perform, produce and manage the show by myself (which FYI I will never do again) so to have it do so well felt incredibly satisfying. However, I had a real dream career moment last year (particularly special with it being in the middle of the pandemic) when I was invited to perform in Sky Arts’ Life & Rhymes. I stood on stage next to two of my performance icons, Benjamin Zephaniah and Hollie McNish, and really felt like I’d made it.
Okay, now we’re going to get down to the serious, nitty gritty questions - are you ready?
What’s your star sign?
What's your order when you visit a coffee shop?
A double espresso or, if I’m feeling decadent, an oat milk flat white.
If you could take a flight to anywhere in the world, right now, where would you go and why?
Some little Mamma Mia-esque Greek island would be gorgeous. I think I’ve worked harder this past year than all other years combined so I’m more than ready to spend my days somewhere with white sand and turquoise water.
If you’re having a bad day, what’s the song you would listen to cheer up?
This changes a lot but, right now, I’d go for ‘Before’ by James Blake. It’s such a vibe. You can dance to it, the lyrics are lush and the beats remind me of the type of music I want to make.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Red wine + vegan cheese + olives - have enough of all of these and it constitutes a meal, right?
If you were to describe yourself in three words only, what three words would you pick?
If you could master one musical instrument overnight, which one would you like it to be?
Cello - it sounds lush and I love the power stance you need to adopt to play it.
We’re all about blue sky thinking and manifestation here at Siren, what’s one goal or achievement you’d like to happen in the near future? This could be anything from running 5K to winning a Grammy.
Perform Love The Sinner at Glastonbury, please and thanks.