Last week saw my last gig take place with Troubadour for the year, I’ve had such an enjoyable summer with the boys performing in many different places. I’ve been so lucky to visit some beautiful places and perform in cracking theatre onboard Cunard, P&O & SAGA cruise lines. Almost scary to think that those type of venues are actually on a ship! I can’t wait to get back with the boys in the new year and continue to do what I’ve loved doing this year on land and at sea!
Now it’s almost time to head to pantoland with my pal Charlie Richmond who I’m lucky to work alongside with in my forth pantomime at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. I’m starting to feel like part of the furniture there now, which is great. Charlie is great, and playing Buttons this year. I’ve known him for years, even long before my days in panto, and he’s just hilarious offstage as he is onstage! We’re both turning on Gateshead Trinity Square christmas lights tomorrow night (22nd November), and attending St Oswalds Hospice christmas market on Saturday (24th November), both great events that we also took part in last year.
The stars in the show include Maureen Nolan as our fairy godmother, yes, A NOLAN, A SINGING LEGEND! We all met each other at the Cinderella press launch a couple of months back, and I happened to stay in touch with Maureen, she’s so lovely, and I think our region is going to love her while she’s here for christmas. We met up in Blackpool while I was gigging there about 3 weeks ago, and I just know she will be my ‘panto mam’ this year. Jamie Lambert from Collabro plays Prince Charming, again, a cracking chap, I sense a few nights out on the toon with this one, and I’m looking forward to being his right hand man in the show. Lola Saunders from X Factor is Cinderella, I’ve known her a lot of years, she’s going to be a great Cinderella, and not forgetting Connor Byrne AKA Mike from Tracy Beaker & The Dumping Ground as Baron Hardup. I literally grew up watching Tracy Beaker, and now I’m starring in a panto with Mike the careworker! I’m so excited to be starring in the show with this great lineup.
That leads me onto tell you to buy your tickers now, it’s going to be fantastic, and very magical!!
It’s nearly panto time, and everything is in their final checks. The poster has been released, tickets are selling extremely well, and we’re being sponsored by Heart North East, The Hudson & The County Hotel in Newcastle. We’re having our press launch in a couple of weeks, and I’m so excited to have a little pantomime tease and meet the cast.
I’m in Nottingham breaking up my journey on my way to Norfolk to spend the day rehearsing with the lads before my first gig with Troubadour.
Saturday (23rd June) kicks off the crazy summer schedule with the boys where I’m going to be visiting places around the country I’ve never been to. The first gig is in Suffolk close to Ipswich. I do hope one day of rehearsals is all I’ll need, as that’s all I’ve got!
I’m going to be spending most of the time between now and October travelling, visiting Haven, Warner Leisure sites and some cruise liners including P&O & Cunard.
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I’m very excited to be heading out on the road this summer with the male vocalist group ‘Troubadour’, performing everything from Jersey Boys, to Beach Boys & some party songs too.
I’m going all around the country performing at the Haven sites, Warner Leisure Hotels (Warner was where I had my professional job away from home on the show team), a couple of holiday parks & ships too!
From July – October, I’ll be spending most of the time on the road, but I’m very excited to be heading away!
I’m excited to be starring as PT Barnum this year in Newcastle.
I trained in musical theatre for three years prior to graduating and the school also runs a weekend school for children and teenagers. Each year they perform their annual summer showcase, and this year, I’m honoured to have been asked to be their guest star as The Greatest Showman himself.
Two performances each day take place on 1st, 7th & 8th July at The People’s Theatre in Newcastle, with tickets on sale now. Act 1 consists of Thriller, and act 2 is The Greatest Showman/Barnum.
Here’s the answer to the question that everyone is asking ‘when are you going away’.
In early January I had a minor operation to remove a lump from my lower back (it wasn’t anything serious) leaving me with the world’s longest recovery having to have hospital & surgery visits daily for the foreseeable future. The operation seemed to be success, but the top and the bottom of the wound simply haven’t healed and 1 in 5 wounds break down, with me being the one! This left me with no other option to withdraw from the cruise contract where my fellow team members are in rehearsals as we speak and it’s upsetting me everyday as I know I should be there. I didn’t tell anyone about the operation or what I’ve been going through as I was 90% promised I would get away and continue my summer as planned, and when the consultant said that I should get ‘local’ work for the summer, it broke my heart as doing the job I love, just isn’t that doable living here in Northumberland, there’s absolutely nothing here. When I’m usually away, I get approached for work and I have to say no as I’m cruising or abroad, but this year, I’m able to do those, bringing in a tiny bit of dollar, but I can’t claim for anything, but I’m capable of working little bits and bobs, yet other people get everything. I fully understand that health comes first, but when this recovery is taking up my life, it’s beginning to get very frustrating. I can’t go anywhere too far away from home, as I have appointments and different times everyday and they can’t even give me a sneaky day of not visiting them. I hope to be back on my feet and travelling soon, family and friends have been great trying to take my mind of it, but it’s really difficult being back at home and letting the NHS take over my busy life.
What a time it’s been, but I’m a strong believer in things happen for a reason. So let’s see what this year brings, I’m excited for the work I’ve got in, and panto will be here before we know it. X