INTERVIEW: Wicked star Steph Parry talks ‘A Night of Rewrites and Delights’
Tell me about your upcoming cabaret show ‘A Night of Rewrites and Delights’ at the Battersea Barge. What can people expect from the evening if they come along?
As you can expect, a fair few rewrites…I love taking original songs and rewriting the lyrics to make them more relevant to me, and then hopefully others can relate. I would love to be able to write an original song but sadly I can’t write music so I have to settle for messing about with lyrics. The “delights” element will come in the form of other songs, some comedy, some heartfelt and some just downright great!
Do you have any surprises up your sleeve for the show that you can let me in on?
Anything could happen, that’s the beauty of having your own show. There’s no right or wrong, I love that!
You are currently performing in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. How is your time in the show going and how does this show differ from the other shows you have been in?
It’s flown by! I only have 5 weeks left, the new cast start rehearsals in a matter of days. It’s an amazing show to be a part of – its HUGE! I love that there are plans to make a movie of it as I think it will transfer really well onto screen. I remember watching the show when it first came to London and being totally in awe and now I’m a part of it and thats amazing!
Wicked was baptism by fire I hear, going on as Madame Morrible on your second day on the show. Were you prepared for the moment and how did it go?
Ha ha! Yes! I love that I have that story to tell. It was all a bit crazy and I’m glad I didn’t have that much time to think about it, just do it. I’d had some time in the rehearsal room but barely any on stage so we spent an hour or so that afternoon blocking through things. I mean, it went pretty well considering!
What has been the funniest on stage moment during your time in Wicked so far?
I love a fall, they really tickle me and there’s been some great ones this contract. There was also a moment when the wheelchair had a mind of it’s own and throughout the whole “Shiz” scene it wouldn’t stop slowly spinning in a circle while Lauren James Ray, who was playing Nessa that day, was trying to get her lines out. I don’t know how they managed to complete the scene, we were all trying to hold it together hiding behind suitcases.
There are lots of great shows coming into the west end at the moment. What are you most excited to see, or have seen recently?
The most amazing piece of theatre that I’ve seen recently was “People, Places and Things” with Denise Gough – just incredible. I’m so excited to see Harry Potter too, I’m a huge fan and I believe the play does not disappoint.
If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what theatre role would you like to have a go at playing?
I think it would have to be Jean Valjean, such an epic Musical Theatre role that if I was a man, I’d definitely want to play, and then I’d pop over and play Phantom afterwards.
Why do you think people should come to see your upcoming cabaret show ‘A Night of Rewrites and Delights’ at the Battersea Barge.
So often, as performers, we hide behind big costumes, lighting and script so this is my chance to lay myself bare and share my story with you all. I hope that it will inspire, move and resonate with the audience so if you want to listen to good music and realise that we all go through shit, but hey let’s laugh about it, then come and laugh with me…..or at me, I don’t mind 😉
Thanks for having Tea With Wilma
Thank you! Huge love xx