Show brings dancer’s dream true
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.
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