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 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.
If Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wasn’t enough for you, I’m very excited to head back to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House for my forth year this coming Christmas.
I am so thrilled to be playing Dandini in Cinderella this christmas with another all star cast. The recent festive season has been my absolute favourite meeting friends for life and having such a fantastic time. The amount of feedback and reviews I received this Christmas was something else, and I loved every minute of starring in Snow White.
I can’t wait to star alongside Charlie Richmond once again and I can’t wait to hear who else will be starring in the show and coming to the ball with us.
Well, what a busy time I’ve had with pantomime over the festive season! I loved every minute of starring in Beauty And The Beast in the Toon! Thank you to everyone that came along and supported us. We all had a blast, there was lots of laughs and also tears as this was the final production from Newcastle Pantomime Company at the Tyne Theatre. I wish all the cast members well in whatever they do next. It’s such a shame as some of them were involved for many years and we were just a happy family. It was only my second season with them, but from the start I felt very welcome.
I’ve come to the conclusion when I stop and have a little bit of time off, I get ill! I think this is completely down to my body not being used to the break! As I write this, I’ve got snot running down my face (sorry), I need to do something soon! The nice thing is that I’m busy busy from the next few days, so this snot should shift!
Let’s address what I’m currently getting asked – ‘What you doing next?’. Well, being self employed as a performer means that there may be ‘time out’, I’m enjoying this as we speak. With numerous trips to the big smoke for auditions, we’ll see what will happen next. I’ve been very lucky (touch wood), to have worked a lot, which is great. As much as this is a little break, myself and a friend are working on an ongoing project which will be revealed when it’s finished, it’s just taking time!