Pavlova, Zz Stalin, Mary Poppins discussed on Woman's Hour
I was a very, very quiet child contrary to popular belief. And so I do remember all these things vividly. I mean, I remember when I was 6, actually, I was on television for the first time. And I enjoyed that immensely being told all about the technical aspects of it and enjoying that from my own sort of perspective. But being on stage, I mean, to have started when I was 7 at the beautiful theater or jury lane. I just think it was an absolute privilege. And you know, it was never thought that I would, that was the beginning of a career. They were all wonderful experiences for me. The invaluable experiences that I may never get again. And I just feel really grateful that I am still doing it. Am I still enjoy it? I don't enjoy it all the time. There's times when, you know, like everything you think, I don't like this, or it can be a very cruel and unforgiving industry at times, but somehow the core of it is that I actually enjoy storytelling. I enjoy being, I have, it gives me confidence being somebody else and portraying their story. Your family are in show business. I know that your mom was a dance teacher. Was it therefore inevitable that you'd go into musical theater? Well, I don't think so. I mean, my mother's 91 and she's still teaching. So, you know, if nothing else, she's got determination. And my great aunt was a dancer with pavlova. So what was part of my background was training. It was learning your craft. It wasn't about being famous. It wasn't about being on television or on stage. It was experiences that led to the ability and the craft of being able to do your chosen profession. But I don't think it was inevitable that I did it because quite frankly often people who are in an industry don't necessarily encourage their children to do it because they know the reality of it and it can be quite, as I say, it can be quite harsh and unforgiving. So in some respects, I think I probably but the trend, although yes, my family, many of them. I think there's obviously a creative vein that runs through us all. I have two sisters and I elder sister on most of all her girls are actors or singers or dancers, all three. My other sister, they're all creative in the industry. Mostly behind the scenes and writers and so in the blood. It's in the blood. There is a creative gene that's for sure. That's for sure. And I have to say, I interviewed your niece. ZZ Stalin, who was playing the lead in Mary Poppins in the West End. She was utterly fantastic. And it's good to see that there's certainly that bond that connects you all. You are currently touring in the role of evangeline harcourt in the musical anything goes. Let's get a flavor of you and the rest of the cast singing. This is Bon voyage. Bonnie.