Bronté Barbé was most recently seen starring as Carole King in the UK Tour of Beautiful the Musical. Back in London, she can currently be seen in Striking 12 at The Union Theatre until 23 December 2018. We caught up with her to find out more about the show.
Can you tell me about the show?
It’s a pop rock musical by the New York based band GrooveLily. It presents the classic tale of ‘The Little Match Girl’ within the story of a new character called ‘Brendan’, a man who is working late on New Year’s Eve and has had enough of the festive cheer.
What part do you play in the show and where does it fit in to the story?
I play the little match girl and a door-to-door sales person. Who comes into Brendans life by chance and encourages him to see life from a different more positive point of view.
What’s your favourite part of the whole show and why?
The final song, I really love the way the show comes together. I remember reading the script for the first time and finding it very unexpected and heartwarming.
What has been a highlight of your career so far?
Definitely playing Carole King. It’s an incredible role and I loved every minute of it. The cast were all wonderful and so supportive. I never expected to play a role of that size or to be trusted to play someone who is loved and respected by so many people. It was challenging and inspiring. It was an amazing year.
Who are your biggest inspirations inside and outside of the industry?
I’d probably have to say Victoria Wood and French and Saunders. I grew up watching Vicar of Dibley and Ab-fab. I’m not saying I always dreamed of a career in comedy, but they were the performers I always came back to. I loved their characters and the absolute escapism of it all.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Not massively, I used to have a strict routine but now I just try and chill out. I usually have a cup of tea and a sugary snack to give me a quick boost.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
That’s a very tough question. I can’t pick one really, but I’m currently obsessing over the video of Yebba singing her song Evergreen and as we’re in the festive season I’ve got Ella Fitzgerald singing Have yourself a merry little Christmas on repeat.
It’s coming up to Christmas. Is there anything particular you will be asking Santa for?
More time with my family and friends. As much as possible. I usually obsess over getting the right gifts but I’ve decided to let all of it go this year and invest in spending quality time with my nearest and dearest, something that can’t be bought.
What’s so special about this production and why should audiences come to see it?
It’s something that you most definitely haven’t seen before. I’m wowed every day by the talent of the cast and you’ll leave feeling humbled along with some of that warm and fuzzy festive cheer.
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