An Introverted Actress

May Round-Up

May was a particularly surprisingly month so let's jump straight in! 

On May 5th, Rob Houchen and 'West End Does' brought the Magic of Animation concert back to Cadogan Hall. Rob knows some seriously talented people and I was honoured to be thrown into the mix for a second time this year to sing some classic songs from animated features! This year I sang Journey to the Past from Anastasia, Holding out for a Hero from Shrek 2 and I duetted I'm Still Standing with Jenny O'Leary from SING! The night was hosted by Buckley and Paige who never fail to make me howl. 


On the 6th, I began the workshop for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new version of Cinderella. A workshop in this context is where a cast is assembled to put the show on its feet so the writers/directors/producers can get a better idea of what works and what doesn't. It's a fascinating process to be a part of and I couldn't believe I was asked to play Cinderella for those two weeks! I was working alongside one of my theatrical heroes, Ruthie Henshall who was nothing by glorious. I count myself ridiculously lucky. 



The 9th brought with it yet another of my musical heroes, Alan Menken. I was asked to interview him for the upcoming release of Aladdin and not only was he warm and kind but he remembered me from when I interview him for Beauty and the Beast two years before. What a dream! You can watch the interview here.

             

After Cinderella had finished, Grace Yee who works at Disney UK asked if she could put my name forward for the Aladdin premiere...IN LA. Suddenly, on the 20th, Oliver and I were on a plane headed to the states for a couple of nights. Sadly, we didn't get to go to Disneyland however, we did get to have dinner with the director of Heathers, Andy Fickman. It was so good to see him and his wife Kristen (and their dog Heather!) after so long! They're good people. 


When I got home, I had a few days to get a little more training in before I ran the Vitality 10K on the 27th through London...in my pants! I spent three hours sewing flowers onto the front just so I could tell everyone it was my "lady garden". It was a terrific morning/afternoon and I felt myself welling up on several occasions as I ran. The amount of support pouring off the pavement and onto the track was phenomenal.



Finally, the month was rounded off with a trip to the press night of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds Immersive Experience. Oliver couldn't come so I went with my friend Jonny Vickers who was on the 2014 and 2018 tour of the same show with me. The experience is such a spectacle. I talked a little about it in the April round up when I went to see it being built but I will reiterate here that it's the live actors that made it so incredible! 




Overall, it was a pretty special month filled with fairytale and spontaneity! <3 
















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