Can you tell me about some of your career highlights for anyone who may not be familiar with you work?
Well, the most recent show I have been part of was ‘The Light Princess’ at the National theatre. This was most definitely a highlight for me. I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to play so many wonderful parts… Lucille in ‘Parade’, Mabel in ‘Mack & Mabel’ (Southwark Playhouse) Betty Shaefer in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ etc
Tell me about the story of Marry Me A Little and what attracted you to the role you are playing.
It’s the story of two single people, a man and a woman alone on a Saturday Night in their apartments, which are next to each other. The show looks at love from two very different perspectives as they sing about hope, desperation and romantic fantasies. Although incredibly moving it also has some wonderful comedy moments.
I’m a huge Sondheim fan so was immediately drawn to this piece. Of course, the female character is so easy for any modern day girl to be able to relate to and she has such an honest and open way about her, this only makes the job more exciting. Plus I have the chance to get my teeth into some incredible songs.
I’ve been wanting to work with our director, Hannah Chissick, for quite some time now, so was thrilled when they offered me it and, of course, after performing in ‘Parade’ together, am delighted to be working with the wonderful Simon Bailey again. Let’s hope he feels the same ;-).
Do you have a favourite Sondheim show or song?
Follies! This was my first professional job out of drama school and I have so many fond memories of it. There was something rather poignant to be starting my own journey in this industry in a show which deals with performers facing the end of their journey.
Have you ever had any funny/disastrous on-stage experiences?
I’ve pretty much done all the standards ….skirt tucked in knickers, forgetting words etc.
Though I think one of my most embarrassing moments would be absolutely stacking it down a staircase during a big finale entrance whilst wearing a sequinned thong and feather backpack. Leaving me face down with my rear pointing up in the air. How glamorous! Luckily there’s no sequinned thongs in ‘Marry Me’…well, I hope not anyway.
If you were going to name a pet after a musical theatre character, what would you choose?
Funny you should ask that Wilma. I have to admit to already having a cat called ‘Dolly’. Saying ‘Hello’ to her never gets old!
If you could only ever listen to one more musical theatre song, what would you choose?
‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel. No explanation needed.
You recently performed in The Light Princess at the National Theatre which was incredible. What was it like working with the legend that is Tori Amos?
Legend is definitely the right word. She’s a very special woman who’s talent just blows my mind. Having songs written for you by Tori is really rather wonderful. Tori and Samuel Adamson made a terrific team and the whole job was a joy from beginning to end. So thrilled there is going to be a cast recording of it.
Why should people come and see Marry Me A Little?
It’s interesting, accessible and an entertaining evening that is a great introduction to Sondheim and also perfect for the most avid lovers of his work.
Plus we’re reasonably priced so it won’t break the bank, but we may break your hearts.
Thank you for having Tea With Wilma