How The Other Half Loves ~ Malvern Theatres

How The Other Half Loves is running at Malvern Theatres until 30 September, book tickets here: How The Other Half Loves Tickets

Star rating: *****

In my humble opinion, the ultimate specialist in farce is Alan Ayckbourn and nowhere is my point more finely demonstrated than in How The Other Half Loves. A classic, fast-paced, quick-humour-packed bundle of confusion and chaos which it could be so easy to lose the thread of if it’s not directed and performed on point.

The current UK tour which has docked at Malvern Theatres this week has a cast de force, not a weak link among them and all of whom bring to life the patter and intricacies of Ayckbourn’s script. The basis of the story centres around Frank and Fiona Foster – Frank is the oblivious boss over Bob Phillips and William Featherstone. Frank’s oblivious to the fact that Fiona is having an affair with Bob, and the story waving from the conniving lovers leads to Williams and his unwitting and perpetually nervous wife, Mary landing themselves in the middle of a farce. Also add Bob’s wife Teresa to the mix, she has one baby, no job and an active interest in articles that are published in The Guardian.

As Bob and Fiona’s untruths come nicely to the boil, their deceit coincides with Frank’s dinner party plans with the Featherstones and as if that wasn’t enough, Teresa decides to invite the dull pair to dine with her and Bob. The result is the audience being treated to simultaneous dinner parties at opposite ends of the scale with a fraught Mary and a wet William! Meanwhile Fiona is remaining tight lipped and sticking to her lies and vagueness for as long as she can.

Caroline Langrishe is exceptional as Fiona, I’ve seen the piece performed many times in the past and she is by far the best I have seen in the role. Her comic timing is impeccable and she synchronises superbly well with Robert Daws as Frank. Daws takes his performance to another level entirely, facial expressions speaking volumes and his physical comedy ability coming into its own. Matthew Cottle, I have seen in the role of William before and there is nobody better as the nice but dim Accountant – this is his role without a doubt. Sara Crowe is a joy as timid Mary the Mouse, hiding behind her husband, contending with Sherry which she can’t stand and enduring torment from a mischievous Bob. Leon Ockenden and Charlie Brooks steal the show as the sparring Bob and Teresa, we never see their baby but we know that he’s up to no good, unsupervised while they are either at each other’s throats, making up or leaving the flat unattended.

The set lends itself to the genre, plenty of entrances and exits and clever use of interweaving the flat belong to the Phillips’s versus the grandeur of the Foster residence. At no time was it not evident which property we were ‘in’. That in itself is an art!

If you’ve never seen an Ayckbourn play before, this is a fine introduction to his genius and if you’re familiar with his work – you will get a real kick out of this gem.

 

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W1A ~ Series Three, Episode Two

Yes exactly yes! I’m not being negative or anything but… there is absolutely nothing to be negative about in this top class BBC comedy programme. There’s more bikes, more of David casually thieving ideas and more of Will looking blank – it’s W1A time…

Picture Shows: L-R Faiza Rajah (PRIYANGA BURFORD), Ryan Chelford (BEN BATT), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes

Cycling Shorts ~ So Will (yeah, crap) had this idea – ok, cool, no worries, and Izzy has been driving it forward. Jack has interfered and made a pilot with unwitting Will’s help and as if that wasn’t hard enough for Izzy to get her head around, David Wilkes has had his paws on it yet again and shown Anna (yes exactly yes) the footage that Will has collated. It’s doomed!

Anna on a bike (yes exactly) ~ In what I see as a bid to get another step closer to Ian – Anna, the most unlikely cyclist has a folding bike! How long before every member of the BBC staff is traveling by bike? It’s definitely a strategic move from the has so little to say for herself, with hilarious consequences too.

How do you solve a problem like Ryan? ~ After his disastrous appearance on Match Of The Day, Ryan has been pulled back into the BBC to potentially join the line-up on Question Of Sport. It’s Lucy’s idea, Siobhan doesn’t even know it’s a programme, but Simon (and Tony I expect, after his mindfulness break) are buzzing with it. However, when the meeting happens and Ryan’s new agent appears (Siobhan!) there’s suddenly the suggestion of Top Gear 2 instead. Embraced by both Ryan and Siobhan as they take a selfie together!

Picture Shows: L-R at BBC NBH reception. Faiza Rajah, (PRIYANGA BURFORD), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA), Ryan Chelford (BEN BATT) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes

Zoe & Chloe ~ The Charter renewal is in progress and Fiona Craig is in the building in charge and flanked by Zoe and Chloe. Zoe and Chloe are like the female version of Ben and Jerry. Genius!

Lucy’s lament ~ Lucy is the token put upon member of the BBC team and it seems that leaving her role to take up a job in a Gardening Centre is still not entirely off her mind. Although Ian is wondering if she’ll apply for the new role – and we all know that Lucy’s likely to get lumbered with that job, even if she doesn’t want it. From Better to Empowerment? Or will she be pulled by the call of the compost?

Jack Patterson Jonathan Bailey
Ryan Chelford Ben Batt
Ian Fletcher Hugh Bonneville
Faiza Rajah Priyanga Burford
Tracey Pritchard Monica Dolan
Jerry Guildencrantz Ivan Gonzalez
Siobhan Sharpe Jessica Hynes
David Wilkes Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould Ophelia Lovibond
Chloe Rose Matafeo
Ben Rosenstern Max Olesker
Anna Rampton Sarah Parish
Fiona Craig Pooky Quesnel
Clive Cook Derek Riddell
Zoe Emma Sidi
Will Humphries Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman Nina Sosanya
Simon Harwood Jason Watkins
Neil Reid David Westhead
Narrator David Tennant
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Executive Producer Jon Plowman

Spotlight On… Actor & Author, Robert Daws

Actor and best-selling Author, Robert Daws is currently touring with How The Other Half Loves. As the popular farce prepares to visit Malvern, I caught up with one of my favourite actors and authors to ask him about his latest on stage role and his illustrious writing career!

Thanks so much for talking to Break A Leg, tell me about the tour of How The Other Half Loves which you’re currently involved in… 

I’ve always wanted to do more Ayckbourn as I first did a one act play of his and after that there was one other occasion in 1991. I love Ayckbourn plays, I’m thrilled to be doing this.

Which character are you playing?

I’m playing Frank Foster, the part that Nicholas Le Prevost played when the show was in the West End last year. Caroline Langrishe is playing the role of my wife and I filmed a Midsomer Murders episode with her last December!

I remember your first Midsomer Murders Episode and your character’s horrendous death!

Yes, that was ten years ago now! I did the first one with John Nettles and now I’ve come back to do this one with Neil Dudgeon and Fiona Dolman, they’re such lovely people.

Going back to How The Other Half Loves, do you enjoy life on tour?

I like the thrill of going to a new place every week, the different venues and the town or city to explore. I find that stimulating. I tend to do a play every two years and when I do I prefer to do a tour.

Moving on to your books, what inspired you to become an Author? 

I’ve always written, in my twenties I was writing plays and I wrote television proposals for years. I’ve always dabbled when I’ve had the time. I co-created a drama for Radio 4 with Duncan Preston which was quite successful so that planted the seed.

Now you’re writing books…

Yes I thought I’d write the first one as a Novella because if it was no good it’s not going to be a lot of time wasted. I’ve been going to Gibraltar for 25 years on and off, I’ve always been fascinated by it. Over that period of 25 years I’ve seen big changes. I decided that if I was going to write crime fiction and spend a lot of time in my head, I wanted to be somewhere that I want to be and somewhere that I know well.

It’s all going really well, they’ve been doing well and appearing in the top sellers chart – in the US and Canada as well as the UK.

What spurred on your interest of writing crime fiction?

I’ve always been interested in puzzles, I’ve always liked working them out. I’m hopeless at writing romance and I’ve always read crime fiction, so I thought I’d have a go myself.

If you want to read Robert’s books, too,  here are all of the links you need to purchase Robert’s books: 

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I’m so grateful to Robert for giving up his time for the interview and can’t wait to see him in How The Other Half Loves. You can book tickets here: Malvern Theatres

Casualty Series 32, Episode 5 ~ Review

Sam’s return meets with mixed reactions – which was always going to be the way if we’re honest! Alicia is on a mission to get Elle laid…. Plus there are two legends completely taking the episode to another level with their exceptional performances. Here comes more Casualty!

(C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Return of the Nic….holls ~ Sam is back – to mixed reactions from fans, I know and also to a very mixed bag of reactions in the ED too. She’s a Paramedic now and that puts her in ‘cahoots’ with Iain. Which will make for interesting viewing in itself. She’s also cock-sure of herself, of course and her reappearance is not embraced by Dylan. It was time to bring someone in to stir things up a bit, though. Let’s see if I eat my words!

Gruesome Twosome ~ On the paramedic scene, with Jez having run off with the love of his life – there was room for new and old blood. So not only do we have Sam, but also Josh. Which means that Charlie has his buddy back and it’s not long before they’re back to their old ways and up to no good. Where’s Duffy when you need her? On a serious note, it’s brilliant to have Josh again, he’s one of the beating hearts of Holby.

Just call Alicia ‘Cilla’ ~ Alicia has admitted that she’s somewhat of a nympho, but she’s having a break from the sex and booze (for now…) and therefore on a mission to find Elle a man. Setting her up with Jacob is top of her list and she engages Louise’s help in her underhand dealings. While her efforts are not embraced by the pairing she has in mind, Elle does decide it’s time to find her ‘someone’.

A double force to be reckoned with ~ Casting Rosalind Ayres and Roberta Taylor as a same-sex couple was a genius move that paid off massively. I was so engrossed in their story that I actually cheered when Iona had a pulse, no matter how unlikely and rare an occurrence it was. It’s a long time since I’ve invested in the guest actors, but this storyline had me on the edge of my seat and emotionally connected with the characters. Brilliance, sheer brilliance.

Jealousy thy name is Lily? ~ So, with Sam having made her return are we sensing jealousy from Lily? I hope not as she and Iain have finally worked through the mire to get to relationship central. However, I’m sure I can’t be on my own in feeling that the green eyed monster lurks.

Credits

Role Contributor
Sam Nicholls Charlotte Salt
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Dylan Keogh William Beck
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Louise Tyler Azuka Oforka
David Hide Jason Durr
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Josh Griffiths Ian Bleasdale
Becky Penton Nathalie Cox
Margie Mogford Roberta Taylor
Iona Griffin Rosalind Ayres
Chris Torbitt Adam Sopp
Writer Kayleigh Llewellyn
Producer Ciara McIlvenny
Director Paul Riordan

Spotlight On… Star of The Addams Family Musical, Charlotte Page

The Addams Family musical has been on a UK tour which is wowing the nation and it’s still worming its way in and out of various theatres nationwide. You can check out all of the news and book tickets here: The Addams Family Tour

Charlotte Page is having a lot of fun playing the role of Alice Beineke and she very kindly took some time out to share all that the show has to offer, with Break A Leg.

Thank you so much for talking to Break A Leg, Charlotte – how are you enjoying the tour so far? 

This might sound predictable but I’m loving it! I’m with such a happy group of people and it’s a feel-good show, it’s a bit like heaven really.

Were you already familiar with the films? 

I watched the films and I’m also familiar with the old black and white TV series too.

How about this musical version, had you seen that done before?

No, I’d just seen little moments on YouTube as I thought I’d check it out to see what I was required to do. It looked like so much fun and the character has so many opportunities to change emotion. I’d not seen it as a live performance before though, not even an amateur version. I was pretty much unaware that the musical version even existed until the audition came along.

Now that the tour has been running for a while, have you found that you have a favourite moment in the show or a favourite song? 

My song ‘Waiting’ is of course a favourite, it’s such a tour de force of a number and it goes through so many different emotions. I also love what Carrie Hope Fletcher (who plays Wednesday) does with  the song ‘Pulled’ – she’s amazing. I also adore Cameron Blakely’s (Gomez) madness in general and Sam Womack (Morticia) is all velvet sexiness to watch. She floats through the evening.

What have the audience reactions been like so far? 

To be honest we’ve had the best audience reaction that I’ve ever known in comparison to the other shows that I’ve been in, other than Phantom in the West End. We’ve had standing ovations and if not standing ovations, certainly screaming, a massive reaction every night, it’s really fulfilling. It feels like you’re in something really special. I’m very lucky.

Have you had a favourite location or venue so far?

Gosh that’s really hard, I’m loving being in Bristol because it’s a beautiful city but in Dublin we had a completely different reaction to at any other venue. They were a more vocal crowd and you’d heard individuals shouting “ah go on give her a kiss!” – there was certainly ore audience participation. Every venue is different of course.

What led you into a performing career? 

I was pretty useless at everything else and I got into musical theatre after having been an Opera singer for a number of years. I was Christine in Phantom and went into musical theatre after that. From then on I’ve fallen more and more into the arms of musical theatre, I’ve been in A Little Light Music and Follies. This is my first big musical tour so it’s a learning curve for an old bird like me, it’s wonderful!

Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and see the show?

It’ll make you happy and smile, everybody in your family can enjoy an evening at the theatre together. It’s really heart-warming, really silly. It plays to the level of a child and the level of an adult with a slightly naughty mind, it’s a very clever piece of musical theatre and a complete joy.

Thank you so much to Charlotte for an awesome interview, I am so looking forward to seeing the show. I’ll do the little dudududuh *click click* to finish on! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight On… Stand-Up Comedy Star, Sallyann Fellowes

Sallyann Fellowes is playing her debut stand up comedy show ‘Out Of The Blue’, for one night only – at TriBeCa Bar in Manchester as part of Women In Comedy Festival.

Tuesday 24th October 2017 is the date, 7pm is the time and you get one full hour of the show which Sallyann took to Edinburgh Festival last month.

The full press release is here: Out Of The Blue Press Release

You can click the poster to book your tickets! Book them now to avoid disappointment!

Out Of The Blue Poster Manchester

Sallyann gave an exclusive interview to Break A Leg, here she tells us about her ideas for material and her experience of Edinburgh Festival…

Why stand-up comedy after prolific public sector roles?

I always wanted to be on the stage even at primary school. It just wasn’t a possibility financially though I did get accepted my mum and dad wanted me to be a teacher, I’m dyslexic so not such a great career choice! I became a nurse and loved the job. One day I saw an ad in the paper with someone pointing a gun at a target. It said ‘Could you do this?’ I thought ‘Yes I bloomin could!’ so that’s how I became a copper. I love adrenalin and the rush of driving fast chasing bad people- The adrenalin and excitement of seeing a mic on an empty stage its v addictive. I think I need help.

What are the challenges?

I guess with starting out no-ones knows who you are, getting my name out there isn’t easy. I’m very lucky to have met Helen who is amazing at PR!

What keeps you going?

Purely the absolute love of what I do and a strong sense of self belief ( read massive ego) seriously its a joy I love to chat. My Gran used to say I’d been vaccinated with a gramaphone needle!

How long does it take to write new material?

I have a notebook with me all the time but it varies I find most things funny and funny things do tend to happen to me and or around me! I have a lot of material stored up from my family and previous jobs.

Do you get writer’s block? What helps if you do?

I haven’t in the sense of comedy. I write for children and other scripts so yes sometimes I get it there. I go out into nature and just walking and not trying to hard just seems to work. I also drink way too much coffee!

Who are your comedy heroes?

Ooh so many! Aisling Bea, Sarah Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Cally Beaton, Viv Groskop, Sean Lock, Tom Allen and so many more!

How was your experience at Edinburgh Festival?

It was just the most fun! I wish I’d booked earlier and got a longer run- next year I definitely will!

Would you go back and do a gig at the Festival again?

Definitely yes! especially now I know more about the planning and admin side needed

What would you say to encourage people to see Out Of The Blue?

I would say if you enjoy stand up comedy and would like to give a new comedian a try please come along and see my show. I talk about all sorts of subjects and there’s lots about my previous careers too. I had really good feedback from the Edinburgh show from the audience.

Thanks so much to Sallyann for her time, I can’t wait to see the show and it’s a joy to work on in my PR capacity too! 

 

W1A ~ Series Three, Episode One

It’s back and I couldn’t be more excited! In the words of Anna Rampton (the amazing Sarah Parish) Yes, exactly yes. I feel like I’ve waited a lifetime for series three of what I perceive to be one of the most on point comedies that the BBC has to offer. Here are highlights of what will now be my favourite thirty minutes every Monday night… joyous! And might I add, very good, very strong….!

1. Bike envy ~ Opening on the usual folding bikers is the traditional start that I anticipate just for the sheer hilarity of the exchange between Simon (Jason Watkins) and Ian (Hugh Bonneville). Simon has usually got a better bike than Ian and communicates his superiority with a simple raise of the eyebrows or twinkle in his eye. This time, Will (Hugh Skinner) has joined his bosses and also has a bike, after visibly showing his adoration for Ian’s bike in previous episodes.

2. Guildencrantz & Rosenstern ~ This pair are always a highlight around the table in the meetings where nothing is really achieved! In fact, this time around they are both becoming increasingly like their leader and idol, Simon. The random “hurrahs” were too funny! Kudos to Ivan Gonzalez and Max Olesker who play the dopey pair, there are many many employees out there who are just like these two.

3. On Yer Bike ~ Will has had a brainwave that the object of affections, Izzy (Ophelia Lovibond) has driven forward. In the usual haphazard and sly fashion, the idea has been pinched – by David Wilkes (Rufus Jones), pitched to Matt (Daniel Ings) and changed beyond all recognition. Even Jack (Jonathan Bailey) has had a hand in it. Poor Will looks crestfallen when Jack rocks up to the meeting, he sees him as a love rival for Izzy so his presence completely bursts Will’s bubble. The scary thing about the meeting, here is that I have personally been in meetings like this in past jobs!

4. Love Triangle ~ Series two ended on a love triangle between Ian, Anna and Lucy (Nina Sosanya) and it’s continued into series three. When Lucy is selected to go to the studios in Manchester and Ian is bidden to go with her, Anna soon volunteers for the excursion, too! I’m so looking forward to watching this ‘rivalry’ play out. Ian, is of course as confused as ever.

5. Fun ~ Siobhan (Jessica Hynes) is back and she’s joint CEO of a company called Fun. She’s still chucking around the word “sure” when she’s not really listening and doesn’t really fit in to the equation, not even in a company who throw a silent disco every time there’s a good idea. She’s causing endless confusion when pitching to the BBC team, as usual – especially when trying to convince them about BBC Me, which is not an innovation from her own team members. I think she hits a new high… or low when she calls Bipolar a ‘thing’. What would W1A be without her, though?

Casualty Series 32, Episode 4 ~ Review

This week’s instalment saw Dylan’s on-going storyline with young Sanosi swerving around every tight bend going. Alicia was quite literally swerving as she took a driving lesson with Elle. Then there’s Connie and Ethan… here are the top five highlights! 

1. Dervla vs Sanosi ~ Sanosi has been the centre of Dylan’s universe since the first episode of the new series. Almost sharing a place in grumpy doctor’s heart with his beloved Dervla – but not quite in favour, when he locks the dog in the bedroom! Dylan’s face is a picture!

2. Connie’s commitment ~ Connie is still showing commitment to Ethan, demonstrated even further when she offers to help him with his OSCE revision. The bond between this pair doesn’t sit comfortably, I keep waiting for someone to crack. I feel Ethan is most likely to shout his mouth off, a loose cannon if ever I saw one.

3. ‘Elle’ plates for Alicia ~ Elle offers to give Alicia a driving lesson and is soon set to regret her decision after Alicia’s reckless motoring almost lands them in Casualty! It isn’t Alicia’s fault but it’s a miracle that she isn’t to blame. I enjoyed seeing these two characters interact, there’s a good chemistry there that needs to be explored.

4. Sanosi to stay? ~ After a disastrous attempt at reuniting Sanosi with his UK-residing Uncle, Dylan looks set to be taking care of the boy full time. I expect Dylan is a better option than a drug smuggling Uncle, but will the pair of them live in harmony?

5. Lily’s lament ~ When Iain catches Lily in the act of emailing their colleagues to announce their ‘committed relationship’ (trust Lily!) she finds a way of telling everyone face to face. Just like Iain suggested. Although I don’t expect he had a staff meeting in mind! Ah well, the secret’s out…

Photo credits: BBC

Credits

Role Contributor
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Writer Tony Higgins
Producer Gwenllian Gravelle
Director James Larkin

Spotlight On… Director of London Russian Ballet School, Harriet Pickering

Romantic Revolution with London Russian Ballet School and the Bolshoi Ballet and Theatre, which takes place at the London Palladium on Monday 18th September an outstanding programme with LRBS students that includes the premiere of a new work and spectacular classic Don Quixote.

This is a life changing experience for many and one that brings social and cultural benefits to those involved. 700 children from Lambeth, Brent, South West and West London, who have never visited a theatre to see ballet and most of whom have never heard of the Bolshoi Ballet, will join the audience for free, with transport provided.

Harriet Pickering, Director of London Russian Ballet School gave an exclusive interview to Break A Leg…

What was the inspiration for this collaboration?

The ethos behind this production is really the ethos on which the school was built: inclusivity, opportunity and the importance sharing the beauty of ballet. Our school has always had very close ties with the Bolshoi Ballet, as our Artistic Director, Evgeny Goremykin, danced with the Bolshoi Ballet for 20 years. Following the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Bolshoi Ballet to London in 2016, this then grew into ideas for on-stage collaboration, and in September last year, LRBS staged ‘Celebration!’, with two artists from the Bolshoi Ballet performing on stage with LRBS students. This was an enormously successful performance, a wonderful opportunity for our students to dance alongside these world-class dancers and a very exciting experience for the 500 children brought to see the performance for free. This year we are building on this, with four stars from the Bolshoi Ballet, Ekaterina Krysanova, Semyon Chudin, Maria Alexandrova and Vladislav Lantratov performing onstage with LRBS for an audience to include 800 children from across London who will attend for free.

How do you feel that the stage at the London Palladium will lend itself to the production?

The London Palladium stage is the perfect setting for this production. It is a beautiful stage, with so much history, including being where Dame Gillian Lynne, our patron, was the star dancer for many years. It will be an incredible experience for our young dancers to perform there, and an amazing theatre experience for the young children being brought to watch the performance. Its location, in the heart of Central London, also means that it might attract audience members who wouldn’t usually choose to go to watch a ballet, and we are very keen to reach a broad audience, and share the art of ballet with people who might not have experienced it before, as well as with those who already have a passion for it.

Why do you feel that exposure to the arts is important for young people?

Exposure to the arts can be life-enriching. It can give us insights into ourselves and promote creativity and self-expression. It is essential as part of a broad, rich education which is so important for young people’s futures. It can also bridge cultural and other divides, and promote cross-cultural understanding and rapprochement.

What do you hope the 800 children will gain from the experience?

We would like the children’s eyes to be opened to something that they may not have seen before, or certainly not on this kind of level. We would like them to enjoy and be excited by something they might never otherwise have considered going to see. For some, this could be a life-enriching experience, and might mean that they go on to engage more with the arts in the future; others might be inspired to want to try ballet for themselves. As LRBS offers training regardless of financial barriers for those with the desire and potential to train, and also those who want to take ballet classes just for pleasure, watching LRBS students on stage with Bolshoi Ballet principals could be showing them a path that they themselves could take.

Going forward, will this be a collaboration you will be keen to repeat in the future and how might this present itself?

Yes, we would definitely like to repeat this collaboration. We are planning to stage more performances in association with the Bolshoi Ballet, and with more of these inspiring dancers, both in London, and further afield, to reach new and still wider audiences.

Finally, can you tell me about your first experience of dance and how it affected you?

There are two very early experiences of dance which I think had a great effect on me. One was the first time I saw a ballet in a theatre. I was completely spellbound, and longed to be able to go up and join in straight away – to be part of a world of such beauty. The other is the first ballet class I took. I can remember the feeling of exhilaration and freedom, and that is also what we would like to offer the possibility to children who might otherwise not have an opportunity experience this.

Thanks Harriet, we wish you every success with the show, it sounds amazing. 

Tickets are available from £20 Available from London Palladium Box Office and www.londonpalladium.co.uk or 0844 412 4655
 

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