Rebecca Craven has Tea With Wilma

photo-4For those who may not be familiar with you work, can you tell me about yourself and some of your career highlights?
I’m currently in BBC’s Waterloo Road playing Rhiannon. A career highlight for me would be being a part of Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in 2013 which was a lot of fun and all for a great cause. And obviously being a part of the Leicester Curve cast of Hairspray opening on 28 February!

For those who may not know the story of Hairspray can you tell me what it is about and the character you play?
The show is about a young girl called Tracy who absolutely loves dancing and wants to be a part of the local TV dance programme, ‘The Corny Collins Show’. She gets a spot on the show and becomes a bit of a celebrity. However, the show is set in 1960’s Baltimore where racial segregation is rife, so Tracy launches a campaign to integrate the show and prove to everyone that they’re not different and should all come together with the passion for dancing. The show is fun, exciting and sweet but with a serious message underlying throughout the story.

Can you tell me about this new production of Hairspray at Curve Leicester and how it might be different from the previous West End and touring versions people have seen?
There’s a completely new creative team, the staging and choreography is completely new
(which may I add is sensational and choreographed by Lee Proud). Curve is really putting its stamp on the show in this exciting, fresh new version of a very popular musical.

If I asked your friends to describe you in three words, what would they be?
Motherly, cute and dramatic

If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what musical theatre role would you like to have a go at playing?
If I could pick a role of the opposite sex, it would probably be George Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George. I absolutely love that show and did it at drama school, so it’s very special to me.

Do you have a favourite Musical Theatre show or song that means a lot to you?
One of my favourite musical theatre songs has to be Astonishing from Little Women. I have so many memories with this song; the lyrics really inspire and mean a lot to me.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I’ve definitely slipped a few times on stage, which is highly embarrassing for me but very funny for my fellow cast to watch. Touchwood it won’t happen during this run of Hairspray!

Hairspray has so many iconic songs in it, which is your personal favourite?
My favourite song from Hairspray has to be ‘ I Know Where I’ve Been’. It is such a powerful song with an incredible message. The harmonies will always make me go tingly and fill up.


Hairspray plays at Curve Leicester 28 February – 5 April 2014. Click here for more information and to book tickets