I re­ally, re­ally can’t act

Caernarfon Herald - - NOSTALGIA - Zara Whe­lan

TAKE That heart throb Gary Bar­low has revealed how he wants to visit North Wales more – to see the ‘great places he keeps hear­ing about’.

The Cheshire-based star will play to thou­sands of fans over two nights in Llan­dudno later this month - as part of a 34-date solo tour of ‘in­ti­mate venues’.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to our sis­ter paper the Daily Post, the 47-year-old singer said the con­certs - which sold out al­most im­me­di­ately – would be his first ever per­for­mances in North Wales and his first visit to Llan­dudno since child­hood.

After hear­ing of Game of Thrones star Kit Har­ing­ton’s week­end stag party in the re­gion, Gary (pic­tured) said: “Kit Har­ing­ton was there? Re­ally? “I re­ally do need to start com­ing up there more of­ten. I keep hear­ing about all these great places there.

“Hon­estly though, it’s been years since I’ve been to Llan­dudno, it was prob­a­bly in 1990, just be­fore I joined Take That.

“I rode in that ca­ble car up to the top of the big hill. I had a great time, still re­mem­ber it now.

“I’m ac­tu­ally per­form­ing in North Wales this month. Hope­fully there will be some­one there to watch. That would be good. I’ve never played there be­fore, not with Take That or by my­self for some rea­son, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Gary and child­hood friend, screen­writer Tim Firth have formed a for­mi­da­ble mu­si­cal dream team which last year spawned the ac­claimed hit show The Band, fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of Take That. The pair are now put­ting the fin­ish­ing touches to Girls, a mu­si­cal ver­sion of the award-win­ning movie and play Cal­en­dar girls.

De­spite his move to­wards mu­si­cal theatre, there is one thing he is cer­tain about - you will never see him act­ing on stage.

“I need to lay it down here, right now,” he said. “I can­not act. I re­ally, re­ally can­not act. “When I see these amaz­ing peo­ple we’re in­volved with, I re­spect what they do so much. Even more so with the fact that I know I can’t do it. Be­cause I can’t do it, I don’t have any desire to do it.

“So I’m say­ing no. You wouldn’t want to see it. I’m just not very good.”

His lat­est mu­si­cal fea­tures a num­ber of fa­mous faces, in­clud­ing Denise Welch, Ruth Madoc, and pre­sen­ter Fern Brit­ton – who only con­sid­ered the part after she was asked by Gary per­son­ally. ● Gary Bar­low is play­ing two nights at Venue Cymru on May 21 & 22. ● Gary Bar­low and Tim Firth’s award-win­ning Cal­en­dar Girls The Mu­si­cal will run from Oc­to­ber 23 - 27 at Venue Cymru. Tick­ets at venue­cymru. co.uk/cal­en­dar-girls-mu­si­cal

Take That star re­veals why he’s keen to per­form in N.Wales... as long as it’s just singing

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