Sheara and Amy Abra­hams pro­duce a West End mu­si­cal in 48 hours, earn­ing ac­claim from some of the na­tion’s lead­ing ac­tors

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

TALK ABOUT dra­matic. North Lon­don sis­ters Sheara ( left in pic­ture) and Amy Abra­hams have set them­selves a the­atri­cal chal­lenge that has earned ac­claim from the crème de la crème of Lon­don’s the­atre world, in­clud­ing Dame Judi Dench, Robert Lind­say and Stephen Fry.

Next week­end the duo, mem­bers of Eye­brow Pro­duc­tions — an en­tirely vol­un­tary-run the­atre group — will at­tempt to pro­duce a pol­ished per­for­mance of mu­si­cal Me and My Girl to thou­sands of peo­ple at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium, hav­ing re­hearsed for just 48 hours.

The con­cept, known as Show­time Chal­lenge, was ini­ti­ated by Eye­brow Pro­duc­tions in 2004. The team pick a mu­si­cal, a the­atre, and a cast — who have six weeks to learn the score — be­fore gath­er­ing them for the first time two days be­fore the per­for­mance. All pro­ceeds from the show go to char­ity. “There are a few mini ner­vous break­downs hap­pen­ing all over the place,” Amy, a 27-year-old jour­nal­ist, tells Peo­ple. “There’s a lot of pres­sure on the cast, but they are all amaz­ing and it will be the most amaz­ing feel­ing af­ter­wards.”

“It’s not about di­vas and egos, it’s about work­ing to­gether in a strange time con­straint,” adds Sheara, 28, a cos­tume de­signer. “Peo­ple have said we are crazy.”

But they have pulled off such chal­lenges twice be­fore: a 2004 pro­duc­tion of Into the Woods at the New The­atre, Ox­ford, and Sweet Char­ity in 2006 at the The­atre Royal, Drury Lane, rais­ing money for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion and the Ox­ford Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal. Pro­ceeds from Me and My Girl will go to the An­thony Nolan Trust.

Dame Judi Dench said she was “ab­so­lutely as­tounded” by the con­cept and Stephen Fry said: “Oh, you wild, won­der­ful, fond and fool­ish peo­ple, the very best of luck to you.”

The sis­ters grew up in Stan­more, Mid­dle­sex. Amy now lives in Wood Green, and Sheara in East Finch­ley. www.eye­brow­pro­duc­tions.

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