Spotlight On… Star of Pete ‘n’ Keely, Katie Kerr

Pete ‘n’ Keely comes to Tristan Bates Theatre from 2 – 20 May – click here, to book tickets: Pete n Keely

This award-winning musical will be led by Katie Kerr (Little Shop of Horrors, Menier Chocolate Factory; Fat Pig, Comedy Theatre; Sweeney Todd, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (Titanic, Charing Cross Theatre; Guys and Dolls, National Theatre; The Fix, Donmar Warehouse).

 It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. As the inevitable blow-up gets closer, the songs become increasingly double-edged.

Here’s an exclusive interview with one of the stars if the show, Katie Kerr…

Hi Katie, thanks for talking to Break A Leg. Tell me about the piece and your character.

It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! They haven’t spoken to each other in five years.

I’m really looking forward to diving into the character of Keely and building an onstage relationship with the brilliant David Bardsley. Obviously I’m sure a lot of character work will be done in the rehearsal room, but from reading off the page, I love Keely’s fire! She really holds her own and is a strong female character who also has moments of vulnerability.

What was your initial impression of the script?

Fast paced, exciting, funny! 

Do you think it will be easy to translate from page to stage?

Yes I do, I’m really looking forward to what our director does with the “on air” and “off air” moments within the piece. 

Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role?

I have some ideas but I always want to go into the rehearsal room with an open mind.

How will the space lend itself to the piece?

Honestly, I have never been to the Tristan Bates before so I am excited to see it. From what I have been told it is a very intimate space and I think that will be brilliant. It will give us as actors the chance to play the truth, with a live television show. 

What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?

Come along for a fun packed, comedy filled, fiery flash back in time!  

Thanks so much to Katie for her time, the show sounds amazing!

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