Tell Me On a Sunday – Interview

Tell Me On a Sunday – Interview

Below is a sneak peak of the delightfully charismatic Jodie Prenger’s question and answer session that took place in Act Two:

Jodie: Thank you so much for having me back in Bristol! I have to say I am in shock. I never get invited the same place twice! Last year I embarked on a tour of Calamity Jane, and I tell you after fourteen months of being on tour those buckskins could walk on their own!

Do you have a dream role and/or roles that you would like to play and why?

I could do with a sausage roll right now, I’m starving! Because I’m just wasting away! Dream role, dream role, dream role? I’ve got two actually, my first dream role would be to play Mama Rose in Gypsy; it’s the music, it’s the overture, it gives me tingles! And the second one, I’d love to play Dolly Levi, because of the feather hat, but it’s the music again! And it would be nice to play such strong, outspoken women because it’s nothing like me. At all. Moving on…

If the girl in Tell me on a Sunday was you, would you travel that far for a man? 

Of course! Mind you, I wouldn’t travel far for the fella I’ve got right now, he’s only from down the road! No, but I think the part of Emma, what she did, I just love the fact that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black set it back into the late seventies and early eighties, I mean it’s a great era, and the fact that she went all the way out there showed how much courage she had. And I don’t think she ever found love, but I think she found herself.

Do you have any pre show rituals or routines that you like to do? 

Ooh, I do! That’s a good question that. When I walk on, I’m holding a book and it has to be on chapter six. If it’s not on chapter six, the world will end. It’s really weird, but theatre is very superstitious, it’s like you’re not really allowed to whistle back stage and you have to turn around and swear, that’s what I blame it on anyway!

If you hadn’t gone into musical theatre, what would you be doing?

I did work in a curtain shop, but I was never very good at my times table so when they used to come to pick up the curtains I’d calculated, they were either too short or too full. I’m also a fully qualified nail technician. If you want a full set, it’s twenty quid at the stage door. But really, I think I would have my ultimate dream, and it’s the same as Doris Day’s; she’s got an animal sanctuary. And I have, ladies and gentlemen, just bought myself a farm. I arrived here early today and I went to the most wonderful place, and I’m welling up now, but I went to this dog rescue centre called Happy Ever After. They do such amazing work, so if I have a day off I’m going to do a few days work there!

What’s your favourite song from the show?

Do you know, Don Black was telling us that it was his first ever collaboration with The Lord, and I just think it’s some of their greatest stuff. I came in already loving the song Tell me on a Sunday, but then found little gems. I think my favourite’s ‘Capped teeth and Caesar Salad’ it always makes me chuckle! And I love ‘Nothing like you’ve ever known’, I’ve never known a song that is just so raw. He’s not too bad at writing a couple of tunes, is he?!

Tell Me on a Sunday – Review

Tell Me on a Sunday – Review

From the age of nine, I have had a real love for the show Tell Me On a Sunday, after singing the title song at a showcase way back when. Since then I have watched four different performances of it, the most recent production starring Jodie Prenger at The Hipprodrome, Bristol.

The one woman show follows the love life of Emma, a twenty-something British girl, who moves to New York in hopes of finding ‘the one’.   (more…)

Eurovision 2016

Eurovision 2016

Eurovision 2016

 

After a long day at work, it was a wonderful revelation to remember that Eurovision was about to start on TV just as I got home. I have to admit I have never missed a year of it since I can remember and I absolutely love every element of it, particularly the late great Terry Wogan’s commentary, and Graham Norton’s equally hilarious commentary in recent years.

 

Of course we all know Eurovision is only partially about the songs. What it really is, is a chance for all the countries to express their political standings and alliances for their surrounding (and usually neighbouring) countries. I can just imagine David Cameron taking note of every vote, whilst tucking into a Chinese in his pj’s (that’s what we all do when Eurovision is on, right?) planning which country to show his allegiance to in order to get some brownie points from its acquaintances, it’s all very revealing.

 

But, my issue with this years Eurovision in particular was the lack of culture represented with each song.

 

Only one country’s entry sang in a foreign language, Austria, and they sang in French! Now, I understand that some entries sang partly in their language and partly in English, but I simply don’t get why they aren’t singing in their native tongue. This competition should celebrate all things European, with Israel and Australia subtly falling under that bracket too as it appears. Even the French, whom in previous years have sung in their language with pride, chose to sing in English this year!

 

Not only did I feel robbed of the cultural experience that is Eurovision, I also felt that vocally those singers would have benefited from singing in their own language. What with the difference in vowel placement and shaping of the voice depending on where you are from in the world, I really believe that the songs would have been much more beautiful sung in the singers’ natural language. This is a song competition, and regardless of it’s other motives, I really think this year Eurovision failed to celebrate it’s thriving difference of culture and exciting musical variety. Be proud of your language and be proud of where you come from!

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Oldies but Goodies

Oldies but Goodies

There’s nothing more glorious than re-discovering an old album that you’d forgotten about, and reliving all the memories and
emotions from listening to it for the first time.

A thing I like to ask when first meeting new singing students, is what their taste in music is like, and to give some examples of artists/genres they listen to the most. Recently I’ve had many people bring up the same few artists, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Imbruglia and Sheryl Crow; three artists I totally adore!

Having talked about Alanis Morissette’s album (and arguably her most successful) Jagged Little Pill, I decided to give the whole album another listen. It was a hugely humbling experience to remember all the feelings I felt when first listening to those songs and her incredible tone; a unique vocal quality full of anger, resentment and wit.

Natalie Imbruglia was another artist I hadn’t listened to for a long while, and re discovering that I knew all the words to her songs ‘That Day’, ‘Shiver’, ‘Wrong Impression’ and her most famous song ‘Torn’ was an awesome way to re-connect to those brilliant melodies.

Sheryl Crow has always been an artist I have gone back to time and time again; I would be so bold as to say she is the Queen of Country music. If you haven’t given her best hits a listen then you need to get them on your playlist immediately, particular favourites are ‘If it makes you happy’, ‘Strong Enough’ and her classic hit ‘The first cut is the deepest’.

My point? In a world where mainstream pop is full of riffs that get stuck in your head whether you like it or not, with albums revolving around the artists and not the actual songs, it is important to re-discover those old artists that you grew up listening to. Songs that evoke a memory or an emotion in you. Songs you can truly relate to. Songs that mean something to you personally. The kind of music that can really make your day.

So, if there’s one thing you listen to today, make sure it’s an oldie but a goodie.

written by Emma

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