Show brings dancer’s dream true

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A DREAM is com­ing true at the The­atre Royal in New­cas­tle this week when 18-year-old Elena David­son per­forms in David Wal­liams’ Gangsta Granny.

The Gateshead stu­dent is tak­ing time out from her A-level re­vi­sion for a sig­nif­i­cant dance solo in the award­win­ning pro­duc­tion, which hits New­cas­tle right on half term.

Be­fore the show opened yes­ter­day, Elena said: “It’s been my dream to dance at the The­atre Royal. I love watch­ing the pro­fes­sional dance there. I can’t wait!

“I read the Gangsta Granny book when I was younger and it was very funny, and I love David Wal­liams as well. In the show I am in a dance com­pe­ti­tion and my char­ac­ter thinks she is the best and is very con­fi­dent and ob­nox­ious. It’s a disco dance rou­tine and quite a dif­fi­cult dance.”

The show has had great re­views dur­ing its tour which ends with a sum­mer in Lon­don’s West End.

Elena, who trains with the Elaine Mil­bourne Dance School in New­burn, is a pupil at Whick­ham School Sixth Form and is a real vet­eran of com­pe­ti­tions and shows, hav­ing also per­formed at the Tyne The­atre and Sun­der­land Em­pire. Birm­ing­ham Stage Com­pany is bringing another of ac­tor and co­me­dian David Wal­liams’ creations, Aw­ful Aun­tie, to the North East soon too. Once again the show is based on his best-sell­ing chil­dren’s book of the same name and will be at the Sun­der­land Em­pire from June 28 to July 1. By BARBARA HODG­SON

Elena David­son of Dun­ston

a short pe­riod only as once the ex­clu­sive batches of a few hun­dred or so bot­tles are gone, they’re gone.

Its tutti frutti – its sev­enth rar­ity and third for this year – is in­spired by the Ital­ian ice cream flavour and is a mixed fruit gin de­scribed as hav­ing an aroma of trop­i­cal fruit and an im­me­di­ate taste of sweet pineap­ple fol­lowed by a tang of ju­niper then kiwi and peach and, fi­nally, cher­ries, berries, plum and ap­ple. The new gin is avail­able now for pre-or­ders un­til it sells out.

Cus­tomers who buy di­rectly from the web­site will re­ceive their bot­tles first as those want­ing to buy them else­where will have to wait un­til the week start­ing June 4. Dis­tiller Luke Smith said: “We dis­tilled it with hand-peeled, chopped and puréed fresh fruit – it is pretty much a dis­tilled fruit smoothie. Al­though fruity and a lit­tle sweet, there is no su­gar added so it does not be­come the sickly sweet you know from tutti fruitt can­dies – though, equally, it is not dis­sim­i­lar.”

He sug­gests serv­ing it with tonic gar­nished with a slice of kiwi fruit A scene from Gangsta Gra while a TFG – tutti frutti gim­let – cock­tail can be made by gar­nish­ing with a pineap­ple wedge.

Po­etic Li­cense is plan­ning to re­lease another gin later this year and also will be launch­ing a Rar­i­ties Club with a first bot­tle guar­an­tee and ex­clu­sive dis­counts. Its Rar­i­ties of 2018 have so far have in­cluded an Espresso gin; a Sweet Bell Pep­per va­ri­ety and a Naga Chilli gin which all sold out within days. ■■See www.po­et­icli­censedis­tillery.

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