Olivier Awards night, Sunday 12th April 2015

Shows, The Nether

I had such an amazing time at the Olivier awards last Sunday. It was such a fantastic experience walking the red carpet, and soooo much fun!!! I’ve included some shots taken inside the The Royal Opera House and a clip of us being interviewed by WhatsOnStage. It’s a shame we didn’t win the Olivier award for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ but that’s ok because it went to Angela Lansbury, who is such an icon in TV and theatre. I was able to get a photo with her, after the ceremony, which I’ve included.

The Nether finishes on Saturday, the 25th April. It’s been such an amazing play to be involved with and I’m sad its coming to an end, but I am looking forward to working on another exciting project very soon 🙂

Olivier Awards Nominee Lunch, 2015

Shows, The Nether

I had such a great day on Tuesday 31st March, as I was invited to the Olivier Awards Nominee lunch.  First we arrived at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a press photo call and then we went on to the Haymarket Hotel for lunch. I had a lot of fun meeting and chatting with some of the other nominees, as well as spending time with Izzy, Perdy and Zoe, who are nominated with me for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’, for Iris in The Nether. The play is nominated for four Olivier awards, which is amazing, and I’m really pleased for everyone involved in the production because all of their hard work has been recognised.

We even got to have some photos taken in front of the Olivier backdrop and statue. I’ve included some of my Mum’s photos in the slideshow below and here’s a link to the official event gallery… http://bit.ly/1CAHOjv

I’ll let you know how things go next Sunday and ITV are even televising highlights later that evening!!

There are only four weeks left now in The Nether’s run at the Duke of York Theatre, in St. Martins Lane. It’s been such an incredible experience playing Iris and I’m really going to enjoy the last of my performances. No doubt I’ll miss the show, the actors, the production and my friends playing Iris… so much!!!

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My role as Iris in ‘The Nether’ is Olivier nominated!!

Shows, The Nether

Since The Nether transferred to the Duke of York Theatre in the West End, in February of this year, I have been playing the role of Iris. It’s been a really exciting part for me to play and very different from the West End musical roles I have played so far. It’s a really serious acting role, which also requires me to have an American accent throughout. I’m really loving it.

The Nether was written by the brilliant American playwright, Jennifer Haley, and the West End adaptation has been Directed by Jeremy Herrin, through Headlong productions. I get to play alongside some really amazing actors… David Calder, Amanda Hale, Stanley Townsend, and Ivano Jeremiah – the reviews we’ve been getting have been fantastic – they are all so talented!! My role as Iris is played in rotation with Isabella Pappas and Perdie Hibbins. Zoe Brough also played Iris, before I started, during the preview shows. All the girls have been really great and we are all very supportive of each other.

The play is set in 2050 and is a futuristic crime drama that explores the whole world of virtual reality, and what it would be like if we began living our lives virtually rather than in the real world. My character plays an avatar in this virtual world – which is called The Nether. The set is truly incredible, designed by Es Devlin, and brings this virtual world to life so cleverly. If you would like to know more about the play here’s a link… http://thenethertheplay.co.uk


The really exciting part though has been the recent Olivier nomination. I can’t believe that we’ve been nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’. It’s going to be such an exciting night, to walk the red carpet and be a part of the Olivier Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House!!!

Here’s a few photos too, of me in the role of Iris, as well as some shots taken with the Director, Producer and cast at the opening night party.

I will let you all know about my exciting experience at the Olivier Awards in April!!!

Playing Lavender

Matilda the Musical, Shows

Through most of 2014 I was rehearsing, then playing the role of Lavender in Matilda The Musical, at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden.

I always loved the Roald Dahl book and had watched the Danny DeVito film many times, but the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation for the Theatre was my favourite. I had been to see the musical with my Mum quite a few times, and various friends of mine have been in previous casts, so when I got to perform in the show it was so exciting.

Lavender was a great role for me. She’s Matilda’s best friend and has some really funny lines throughout, especially when playing a prank on Ms. Trunchbull, with a newt. That’s all I’m saying as I don’t want to spoil it, especially if you haven’t seen it!!! And there are some big musical numbers throughout the show, with very technical dance routines… my favourite was always ‘Revolting Children’ near the end of the show.

The whole cast were incredible. All of the adults, the Matilda’s and the kids in our team. Amazing. And they will always be such good friends.

During my run we got to appear on The Paul O’Grady show on ITV, performing Revolting Children, and the brilliant US cast of Dance Mums came to see me perform as Lavender – I’ve done separate posts on those special days – and I must also say a HUGE thank you to all my friends, my school-friends and teachers, and my family who came to watch me in the theatre show… but one night will always stand out for me. The night Tim Minchin came to watch!!! The show’s composer and lyricist. I was so proud he’d seen us perform. What an amazing and talented man. And so kind. He even let me have a photo with him at the stage door, after the show.

2014 has been a great year!!! 🙂

When ‘Matilda The Musical’ appeared on ITV’s The Paul O’Grady Show, May 2014

Matilda the Musical, Shows

In May, while I was playing Lavender in Matilda The Musical, we were invited on to the Paul O’Grady show on ITV to perform ‘revolting children’. It was so much fun to record in front of a live studio audience and all those cameras.

Paul was very nice and so funny, and he even covered his face in chocolate cake to set the scene… and what a buuuuuuuurp!!!

Here are some photos taken from the studio recording and the youtube video of the performance if you fancy watching 🙂

Appearing live with the Matilda The Musical Cast, on ITV's Paul O'Grady Show, May 2014

Appearing live with the Matilda The Musical Cast, on ITV’s Paul O’Grady Show, May 2014

ITV Paul O'Grady Show finale

ITV Paul O’Grady Show finale

Striking our Matilda pose outside ITV's studio on the Southbank

Striking our Matilda pose outside ITV’s studio on the Southbank

The Sound Of Music, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Summer 2013

Shows, Sound of Music (Regents Park Open Air Theatre)

During the Summer of 2013, I played Marta in the Sound of Music, which was directed by Rachel Kavanaug. This was the second time I’ve been lucky enough to appear as a Von Trapp child, after playing Gretl in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production in 2011.

This time it was at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre, which was a really magical setting especially at night time. Michael Xavier played Captain Von Trapp and Charlotte Wakefield played Maria. They were brilliant, as was the whole cast… and of course our team who played the Von Trapp kids!

The audiences were always packed and it hardly ever rained and they loved the show. I especially liked the big song & dance numbers which were quite technical and jumping around in the water which surrounded the stage.

The show went on to win the ‘Whats On Stage’ Best Musical Revival (2014) and was even nominated for an Olivier. And the Open Air theatre reached record sales of tickets. So Mum and Dad tell me!

I’d love to play all the girls parts as I get bigger… perhaps one day, even Maria!!!

Travelling the UK with The Sound Of Music

Shows, Sound of Music (Andrew Lloyd Webber, UK Tour)

Back in 2011, I got to travel all over the UK with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of the Sound of Music. It was my first time in a big show and I got to play Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp family. I had a brilliant time. We performed at theatres in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Cardiff and finally in London as the tour ended at the Wimbledon theatre.

Jason Donovan played Captian Von Trapp, Verity Rushworth was Maria with Leslie Garrett as Mother Abbess. They were all fantastic, but the kids were the best… I loved the kids in my team!!!

One night Andrew Lloyd Webber came to watch us perform. And Sylvia and Norman Young. That was really special.

Travelling and spending lots of time with the other children was amazing, we had a lot of fun together, but the bit I really enjoyed was being on stage.

This is where it all started for me with theatre and I was really lucky to get another opportunity to perform in the Sound of Music a few years later…

Playing Little Cosette in Les Miserables, 2012

Les Miserables, Shows

I really loved performing in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre. Everyone in the show was so talented! And I even got to meet Cameron Mackintosh, when the show won the Audience Choice Award at the Olivier’s that year!!!

During the rehearsals, the production team taught me how to put on my own theatre make-up, which you can see in these photos… it’s a shame Little Cosette has to look so dirty and have a black-eye!!!

When the kids from ‘Dance Mums’ came to see Matilda The Musical, September 2014

Matilda the Musical, Shows

It was such an exciting day when the cast of the US Dance Mums came to see us in Matilda the Musical. I really love their TV show and when I saw them during their recent London Tour I asked them to come and see me in Matilda. And wow, they came!!! Such an amazing night.

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A West End Christmas (2012)

Appearing alongside Ava Merson-O’Brien and Daniel Shwartz-Briskin for the MAD West End Christmas Concert, held at St Pauls Church (The Actor’s Church) in Covent Garden, December 2012. The song was called ‘Santa, You’re Still My Friend’ and it was composed by the brilliant Anderson and Petty. It was a lot of fun to perform at the concert and the song was really funny!!!