Interview

Christmas Shows – INTERVIEW -Jack and the Beanstalk, Corn Exchange Newbury

It is the festive season which means there is a whole lot of shows that are being put on stage specifically for this time of year and I am very excited that I get the chance to speak to some of the cast of a handful of these shows to find out all about them. Today I speak to Emma Thornett who is currently playing the role of Rock Chick in the pantomime Jack the Beanstalk that has been running since the 25th November and is set to end on the 31st December.

Hello tell us a little bit about yourself!

 I’m an actress, singer and puppeteer originally from Somerset, now living in Brighton

Tell us all about the character that you play?

 I play a Rock Chick called Spicy Chick, part of rock duo ‘Hot and Spicy’. And we are in a band with rock legend, Jill. (By the way, hot and spicy are chickens!)

Tell us about what audiences can expect? 

A lot of fun, laughter, jokes, some fantastic music and singing, some outstanding dance and some heart and pathos too. All wrapped up in under 2 hours! 

Rehearsals for JACK & THE BEANSTALK by Plested, Brown & Wilsher. Sev Keoshgerian as Jack; Hannah Fairclough as Jill; Justin Brett as Dame Trott; Georgia McIntyre as Hot Chick; Emma Thornett as Spicy Chick; Matthew Cavendish as Fleshcreep; Will Beckerleg as Fairy Fabulous; Lucy Elizabeth Thorburn as Ensemble; Samantha Richards as Ensemble; Robbie Noonan as Ensemble; At 101 Space, Newbury, UK, 14.11.22. All rights The Other Richard / ArenaPal

What are your favourite things about the festive season and why? 

I am usually working all over the festive season, so I would say togetherness – and I love seeing young children enjoying theatre for the first time

This time of year the venues tend to be a bit busier as well – do you find that the audience changes at all? 

There’s a lot of excitement and the joy of panto is it’s very interactive for the audience, which we don’t really see throughout the rest of the theatre year

What advice would you give for people performing around the festive season? 

Hydrate, sleep, repeat.

What is the best thing about a night at your show for the audience? 

The laughter and the joy

Rehearsals for JACK & THE BEANSTALK by Plested, Brown & Wilsher. Sev Keoshgerian as Jack; Hannah Fairclough as Jill; Justin Brett as Dame Trott; Georgia McIntyre as Hot Chick; Emma Thornett as Spicy Chick; Matthew Cavendish as Fleshcreep; Will Beckerleg as Fairy Fabulous; Lucy Elizabeth Thorburn as Ensemble; Samantha Richards as Ensemble; Robbie Noonan as Ensemble; At 101 Space, Newbury, UK, 14.11.22. All rights The Other Richard / ArenaPal

If people want to find out more about you, where can they follow you on social media? 

Twitter: @EmmaThornett Insta: @emmylouthornett

And Finally, why should people come and see the show? 

It’s a tough time for a lot of people so come for some light relief and forget your worries for a night. Support your local theatre as it’s an important time for them too. Drama and the arts are really important for communities and young people. 

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