9 to 5 will burst onto the scene at Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre, London from 30 August to 1 October 2017, book your tickets here: 9 to 5 Tickets
Read all about it here: 9 to 5
I chatted to the fantastic Pippa Winslow, who plays Violet in the show – here she is telling us all about the show…
Thank you for talking to Break A Leg, Pippa. Tell me about the piece and your character…
9 to 5 the Musical is a hilarious musical comedy based on the hit 1980 film. In addition to some great laughs the show tackles equal opportunities for women in the workplace – as relevant today as it was in the 70s. My character, Violet, struggles to be recognised in the workplace because she isn’t ‘one of the boys’.
What was your initial impression of the script?
I love how close it sticks to the film, which I absolutely love, while adding some brilliant songs.
Was it easy to translate from page to stage?
Absolutely. The cast and creatives are all so amazingly talented and hard working it has been such fun putting this show together.
Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role?
I grew up in America during this era so I understand the cultural references in the script – plus my natural American accent suits Violet perfectly. There is so much about this character that resonates with me, Violet is a really comfortable fit.
How does the space lend itself to the piece?
The great thing about performing the show at Upstairs at the Gatehouse is we get to really concentrate on the story telling. There isn’t space enough to have a huge set so we aren’t distracted by that. The prime focus of the show is on the characters’ relationships and their journey through the story.
What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?
If you’re ready for a night of hilarious comedy, brilliant choreography, a bit of a love story and song after song of fun, upbeat, toe-tapping music, this is a show you don’t want to miss.
Thank you so much, Pippa – great to be able to interview you for Break A Leg, again! I can’t wait to see the show.