Joe Tracini has Tea With Wilma
Absolutely. I was in Hollyoaks for 3 years, which was lovely, I was a British champion magician at the age of 15, and in 2009 I was lucky enough to be selected to appear as the lead dancer with a troupe of internationally renowned Russian ice skaters touring Europe and we ice danced in front of Prince Phillip. I might’ve made that last one up.
You have just started touring the UK playing Patsy in Spamalot alongside your dad who is playing King Arthur. For anyone who may not know the story, can you explain what it’s all about and the role you play?
I can! I play Patsy, King Arthur’s manservant, who lives to serve the king, which basically consists of skipping about banging coconuts together pretending to be a horse. He seems to be an idiot, but I like to think he’s the only one that knows what’s going on and everybody else are the idiot’s, but because he’s working class and surrounded by Knights he has to keep his mouth shut!
What attracted you to the part you are playing in the show and how does it feel to be working alongside your dad?
I’ve genuinely always wanted to be in a musical, and to be in one that’s written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, and to be surrounded by a company as talented as this one is a dream come true! I really mean that. And the fact I get to spend time with my dad everyday just makes it even more special for me.
Do you have any dream theatre roles that you would like to have a go at playing?
YES. Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors and Mark in Rent. I think if I got to play either of them, I could do it forever and be happy!!
If you could be the opposite sex for the day, which male theatre role would you like to play?
Well, I am in fact male. Working under the assumption you meant female, I’d probably play Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors. If you didn’t mean female, then me and you are going to fall out.
Have you ever had any funny/disastrous on-stage experiences?
I was playing Peter Pan once, and we used real, (blunt), but very heavy swords for the final fight. My Hook was Paul Michael Glaser, and he hit my sword too hard on the first swipe, flinging out of my hand and it shot like an arrow towards the guitarists face in the pit. It missed him, and I filled the next two minutes of music jumping around pretending to punch a confused 80’s legend. It was an anticlimax to say the least.
Why do you think people should come and see Spamalot while it is on tour around the UK?
Because it’s 2 hours of fun and silliness. We have an absolute ball every single night, and I think it’s impossible to leave without a smile on your face!!
Joe Tracini stars in Spamalot at The Wimbledon New Theatre until Saturday 13 June, The Milton Keynes Theatre from 15 – 20 June and The Nottingham Theatre Royal from 22 – 27 June. For tickets and info visit: www.spamalotontour.co.uk