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 caught up with Leo Senè, who plays Franklin Hart Jr. in the show…
Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, tell me about the piece and your character?
9 to 5 is a staged musical version of the classic film of the same name, which stared Dolly Parton in one of the main leads. The musical follows the same story of three women taking back control from their sexiest and egotistical boss. It follows Violet, Judy and Doralee on their journey of discovery and female power in a male dominant world. The musical comedy has music by Dolly Parton who created the original song 9 to 5 for the film.
I play the role of Franklin Hart Jr, the boss of the workplace and the stories “villain”, he is an incredible vain and egotistical man who makes all of his employees lives a living hell, especially the females.
What was your initial impression of the script?
The first time I read the script is immediately saw how much heart is in the story. Amongst all of the comedy, music and dancing is this true to itself piece about friendship and standing up to adversary. It is incredibly uplifting and brings a sense of pride with it. The writing is incredibly witty and smart and really gives you clear insight into these characters within the first few scenes. From there its builds and builds and the writing enables us to love all the characters, and mainly relate to them all in some way.
Was it easy to translate from page to stage?
The challenge of any piece of theatre is taking it from the script and putting it onto the stage, what 9 to 5 does so well is that the writing does it all for you, which as an actor is a blessing. The lines and the narrative are so full detail it lends itself to be played in so many ways.
Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role?
In my eyes this role is a gift, Franklin Hart is so full of character and I just want to do the script justice. I want people to love to hate the character, be on the verge of finding him so outrageous yet hilarious at the same time. That’s all said without giving to much away, everyone will have to come and see the show and what all the cast bring to the stage.
How does the space lend itself to the piece?
The gatehouse is such a renowned venue and I myself have seen shows at the venue and always surprised how the creatives make such an intimate space seem so full of life. It will be the intimacy that will play to this shows strength. The story carries the show and in the surroundings of the gatehouse auditorium the audience will feel right among the action.
What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?
9 to 5 is such a classic feel good show, it has heart and is full of laughs. It is an incredibly tight and well written musical, with songs that will have you tapping along throughout the show and singing them all the way home. There is no better way to spend an evening than at the theatre, 2 hours away from anything else and just be in the world that theatre provides. So make sure you buy ticket before they all go.
Thanks so much, Leo – I can’t wait to see the show, it’s one of my favourites!