INTERVIEW: Tasha Sheridan has Tea With Wilma

For those who may not be familiar with your work, can you give me a little run down of some of your career highlights so far?
Of course! I was incredibly lucky to come straight out of college, the wonderful ArtsEd and go into Mamma Mia! A year in the ensemble and a thirst for something to get my teeth into saw me stay on another year playing the role of Sophie Sheridan! I’ve also appeared in Carousel at The Savoy Theatre with the lovely Lesley Garrett as well as touring the UK understudying the amazing role of Eva Peron in Evita. Most recently I’ve been playing the role of Mummy to my 2 little girls Daisy and Lily! They make an 8 show week seem like a breeze!

You have a show coming up at the Battersea Barge called ‘Back To Before’. What was the inspiration of the show and what can people expect if they come along on the night?
The lyrics of Back to Before from Ragtime resonate in me so loudly, and stir emotions so strong that suddenly a cabaret fell into place around it.

My youngest daughter has just turned 1. I feel now is the time I want to return to the stage. I find that people have a pre conceived idea of who I am as a performer based on things they saw me in 6/10 years ago. A lot has happened in my life during that time, I’ve become a parent, and I’ve lost a parent. I’m still the old Tasha and love songs from my past, and will be including them during the show but I am different and I can’t keep going ‘back to before’, and yearning for roles that I’m just not right for any more. It’s time to be brave, move forward and look to new exciting challenges that will come my way.

Do you have any dream roles that you’d like to have a go at playing?
Can I only pick 1?! Gah, that’s tough…. I grew up watching Julie Andrews and will always want to play Maria in The Sound Of Music, but for me right now, I would LOVE to play Carole King in Beautiful. What a part, what a show!

There are lots of exciting shows coming to London in 2016. What are you most looking forward to seeing?
I Can.Not. WAIT to see Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard at The Coliseum. I’m very lucky to be there for opening night. She’s a star on a whole other level, I’ve poured over clips of her performing Norma Desmond on Youtube and I can’t wait to see it, as well as hear it with a 50 piece orchestra. I also am really looking forward to Ragtime at The Charing Cross Theatre

If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what theatre role would you love to have a go at playing?
Without a doubt Jean Valjean! “Another story must begiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin”

Can you complete this sentence. People should come and see my show at the Battersea Barge because ___________________.
Otherwise my mum is going to be really lonely sat on her own!! No seriously, come because it will be fun night, I’ve some cracking guests. PLUS there is a bar on board!!

Thanks for having Tea With Wilma