FIVE-MINUTE IN­TER­VIEW:

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Canterbury Festival October 14 - November 4 -

De­scribe your show in five words Mov­ing, in­for­ma­tive, ab­sorb­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and (oc­ca­sion­ally) funny. De­scribe your first stage per­for­mance I was a six-year-old com­peti­tor at the Go­dalm­ing Music Fes­ti­val. I don’t re­mem­ber much about it ex­cept I had a new blue dress and long white socks. What a thought! What has been your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment on stage? When I tripped up on the way to the pi­ano dur­ing a live BBC broad­cast of the Tchaikovsky pi­ano con­certo. I had some beau­ti­ful new (high) shoes and I fell over, in view of 2,000 peo­ple. It was aw­ful. Your favourite night out? Theatre. A good play. I have al­ways loved the theatre. That’s why it is such a joy to be on stage with such won­der­ful ac­tors in these Com­poser Por­trait shows. What’s the best piece of ad­vice you’ve ever had? Sains­bury’s will still be open to­mor­row - what­ever hap­pens in your per­for­mance tonight. So keep it in per­spec­tive! The thrillingly con­tem­po­rary Bal­let Black (Oc­to­ber 19, 7.30pm, at the Mar­lowe Theatre) – show­cas­ing black and Asian dancers - is putting on a triple bill at the Mar­lowe Theatre: Dopamine (a beau­ti­ful duet); the edgy Cap­tured; and a su­perb fi­nal piece, Red Rid­ing Hood, which turns its name­sake fairy­tale on its head. Funny, ab­sorb­ing, ex­cit­ing – don’t miss it. New to the Fes­ti­val this year, Made in Kent: Dance (Oc­to­ber 24, 7.30pm at St Mary’s Hall Stu­dio Theatre) of­fers a show­case of young and ex­cit­ing Kent-based dance and chore­og­ra­phers.

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