"The cast is phenomenal such a big sound coming from so few voices!"
'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' opens this Thursday at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking! Some tickets are still available for all 4 performances, so go to our online box office whilst there is still time....
Your Name: Jamie Andrew Wilson
Character Name: Anthony
Tell us about your character: He's a sailor boy who has returned back home to London after months away at sea, whilst at sea he also saved Mr Todd from drowning. Whilst back in London he falls helplessly in love with Johanna and does everything in his power to win her heart, but he is downtrodden on by Judge Turpin.
Your favourite lyric: A line sung by Sweeney at the beginning about his wife Lucy "She would fall, so soft, so young, so lost and oh so beautiful". It's just expertly sung by Darren. Hits you right in the feels!
Everyone knows something of the Sweeney Todd story, but what extra do you think we will get from the Simply version of this Sondheim telling? Alison's vision is truly remarkable and it's wonderful to be part of this amazing company, and seeing the vision coming to life. The cast is phenomenal such a big sound coming from so few voices! Without giving too much away the use of levels will give an extra effect so the audience will be able to see all the action that occurs!
What’s your favourite song in the show and why? I have too many to say! All the songs pretty much from the beggar woman's ‘Alms’ (brilliantly and not type cast by Maria!) to the Choral Ballads! But a notable highlight is ‘My Friends’ which has a lovely duet at the end of the song between Sweeney and Mrs Lovett sweetly sung by Sarah!
What other shows have you done? Whilst training I've done Pirates of Penzance, Parade, Spring Awakening and Bat Boy. I've been in Joseph, Les Miserables, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof. I've also had the amazing opportunity to be part of Missing Mel a New Musial at Edinburgh Fringe which then performed in London! With Simply Theatre I was in their production of Spring Awakening (again) playing Moritz.
Has anything ever happened to you, on-stage, that wasn’t in the script? Many moments! I was in a production of Les Miserables playing Enjorlas and during the scene when all the students are dying on the Barricade I had placed myself at the top in the middle waving a giant white flag! But little did I notice that I had placed myself right on the part of the barricade that separated, so when they pulled it apart I fell through the middle, scraping my leg all the way down at the same time!
What musical moment first made you think, “I want to do that!”? During primary school, we did a mini school musical version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Originally I played a character in the ensemble, but then the boy who played Juliet’s father Mr Capulet dropped out and I got promoted! - Which ignited my performing passion even more!
What are you enjoying most about being part of Simply Theatre? EVERYTHING!
What else do you do besides singing, dancing & acting? NOTHING!