Thursday, 16 April 2015

Gareth's Proud of his Girl

Faye has been super busy since she arrived in Birmingham. The local press seem to realise they have stage royalty in town and they all want a chat with Shreks Princess.

This latest article from the Birmingham Mail talks about Gareth and how proud he is of his beautiful and very talented girlfriend. Despite a busy schedule himself he's been to every destination on the Shrek Tour to support and spend time with Faye.

Gareth Visits Faye in Birmingham 


It’s the show to make any musical star green with envy – especially Gareth Gates.

He has been in the audience at Birmingham Hippodrome, watching his girlfriend turn into a green ogre in Shrek.

But he’s delighted for Faye Brookes rather than jealous of her success.

He came to see her in Shrek The Musical with several members of his family, who all live in Birmingham.

Faye, who plays Princess Fiona, said before the show opened at the Hippodrome: “I’m from Manchester and Gareth is from Bradford, but his father Paul is from Birmingham.

“It always surprises me when I visit them what a strong Brummie accent he has. I love it."

“Gareth has a lot of cousins and family in Birmingham and they are all coming to see Shrek with him. He will be bringing all the clan."

“We are both very close to our families and that’s important to me.”

Gareth, 30, has found fame after Pop Idol (and joining The Big Reunion with 5th Story) in musicals like Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Boogie Nights and Legally Blonde, the show on which he met Faye.

Talking about her role as Princess Fiona, Faye admits: “I don’t like changing into the ogre, I have to say."

“I’m glad I’m not green for too long. The first time I saw myself as an ogre, I burst into tears!"

“I prefer being a Princess. What girl doesn’t want to wear a gorgeous dress made for her? I feel like Maid Marian in it."

“She’s so sassy and confident. As an ogre she is much more insecure."

“I too have a shell that I protect myself with, I’m not as thick skinned as Fiona.”

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Tamworth Herald Shrek Review

Have you ever had that thing where if you breath in too far you get an acute pain in your chest? It usually only lasts a couple of minutes and then you find you can breath normally again.

I had that for over 5 hours on last Friday and I've been a little breathless ever since. I went to the doctors and he sent me for a chest x-ray as a precaution.

I haven't seen him to go through the results yet but thankfully the nurse who did the x-ray said she couldn't see anything seriously wrong.

Maybe it's too be expected after watching Faye perform on so many occasions. I have after all commented many times on how breathtaking she is, both on and off stage.

Time for the latest Shrek the Musical review now. This one was written by Elise Chamberlain for the 'Tamworth Herald':

Tamworth Herald - Shrek the Musical Review:


IT'S official, I'm a believer!

Shrek the Musical's cult anthem featuring the entire cast rocking around the stage was the perfect end to a brilliant performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night (April 1).

Loveable characters, visually stunning costumes and props, and outstanding music – Shrek the Musical has it all.

Having really enjoyed the films, based on the book by William Steig, I wondered how well the story would transfer on to the stage.

The addition of great music by Jeanine Tesori, colourful and cleverly-designed costumes and an enormous, flirtatious puppet dragon controlled by multiple puppeteers brought the heart-warming story to life on a whole new scale.

The tale of Shrek the ogre setting off on a mission to rescue Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower and return her to the Lord Farquaad is well-known to most for its alternative take on a traditional fairytale.

But the stage production goes beyond that, delving into the lives of the main stars in more depth and offering the audience a behind-the-scenes look into why they are the way they are.

Add in to the mix an exploding bird, inflatable reindeer, tapping rats and plenty of adult humour and you a fun and flamboyant show for all the family to enjoy.

Dean Chisnall was excellent as Shrek – what a voice! He brilliantly captured Shrek's aggression, kind-hearted nature and vulnerability in equal measures, really wowing in songs like Big Bright Beautiful World and Who I'd Be.

His sidekick Idriss Kargbo complemented him perfectly as Donkey, bringing immense energy to the role as well as fantastic facial expressions that kept the audience entertained.

Faye Brookes was outstanding as Princess Fiona, the classic fairytale princess with a refreshing hint of sarcasm and anger. To my delight, her powerful voice was given room to shine in numbers like I Know It's Today and Morning Person.

The brightest star of the night though was Gerard Carey, who played Lord Farquaad. He was, quite simply, brilliant.

It can't be easy to spend an entire production shuffling, dancing and leaping around the stage on your knees, but Carey made it look effortless - all the while plastering comical expressions across his face, engaging with the audience and leaving them roaring with laughter.

Sterling support came from a stellar cast of fairytale creatures, with Will Haswell (Pinocchio) and Candace Furbert (voice of the Dragon) particularly shining.

This is a wonderful family-friendly production for children and adults alike to enjoy - a true theatrical and musical gem!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Behind The Scenes Secrets

The Birmingham Daily Mail recently talked to Faye (Princess Fiona) and Dean (Shrek) about their very different transformations into big green ogres.

They also take a sneak peak backstage and reveal some interesting facts about this incredible production.

Some articles say Faye's on stage transformation from Princess to Ogre takes 90 seconds, others - like the one below - suggest it's more like 50. I've seen the show 12 times and I still couldn't be sure which is right; all I know is it's remarkably quick.

Shrek the Musical is at the Birmingham Hippodrome until Sunday 26th April.

BOOK TICKETS

There are 2 weeks and 16 performances left so you still have time to catch this years must see show and it's special Princess before they leave town. Don't miss out.

PRINCESS FIONA

Leading lady Faye Brookes takes just 50 SECONDS to transform into an ogre during the show.
“It has to be like a slick, very fast Formula One pit stop,” says company manager Neil White of the super-quick change.

“At least Dean doesn’t get green paint splashed on his face!” says Faye, who plays Princess Fiona.

“We have the change very carefully choreographed now. It comes quite near the end.

“I just stand there while two wardrobe people – one at the front and one at the back – strip off my princess outfit and put on my ogre suit.

“There are two people doing my wig and two people doing my make-up. They put my nose and head on, then the wig, then brush green paint all over my face.

“There’s no time for me to see what I look like. But the first time I saw myself in a mirror after the show, I burst into tears. It was such a shock!”

TURNING INTO AN OGRE

Leading man Dean Chisnall takes more than TWO hours for EVERY show to get into his green make-up.

He has to sit patiently while two make-up artists carefully glue on all the silicone prosthetic pieces which have been specially made to fit his face.

“I just zone out and can’t think about what’s happening around me,” says Dean. “I watch TV or read a book.

“For the first few times I played Shrek I did get a bit claustrophobic but it’s fine.

“The thing that really surprised me was just how unbearably hot it is in the costume. It feels light when you put it on but you sweat so much that it’s really heavy by the end.

“And parts of my face, especially my chin, are in danger of becoming unglued during the show so when I go offstage people push them back into place.

“I have to drink eight litres of water during the show to keep hydrated.

“It’s a real physical work-out, it’s exhausting, but I’m not complaining. Shrek is my dream role, parts don’t get much bigger than this!

“He’s an iconic character and to play him is a real thrill.”

Dean is the only member of the cast to have been in it from the beginning, when it opened in the West End in March 2011.

For the first year he understudied Shrek before taking over the role, then joining the UK tour which is now halfway through a two-year run.

The first time he actually played the ogre was in front of millions of TV viewers, during a live semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent because judge Amanda Holden was the original Fiona.

“I’ve done about 900 performances and at least 500 in the make-up Shrek,” says Dean.

“When I say it like that it’s frightening, but really I do love it. Even on matinee days when I keep the make-up on for 11 hours.

“You just get used to it. I get regular facials to cope with the battering my skin takes. I also have to be careful because I have eczema and a latex allergy, so I can’t have any latex, only silicone, next to my skin.”

WHAT GOES ON BACKSTAGE?

Backstage at this spectacular musical is a treasure trove of colourful, quirky objects.

There’s a white rabbit next to a puppet Puss in Boots and an animatronic Gingy – a gingerbread man biscuit with attitude.

In the corner is the dragon, who is operated by four puppeteers. She’s remarkably light but you have to be careful with her fragile silk and sequins.

Over there is a sign saying “I do believe in fairies!” next to a big Shrek padded bottom.

The fabulous fairytale costumes are lined up, from Red Riding Hood and Snow White to Pinocchio and the Three Blind Mice.

In the corridor are a selection of Shrek fatsuit bodies, drying out after the washing machine.

Upstairs is head of make-up Craig Forrest from Dickens Heath, who has to make sure everyone looks their best – or greenest.

Open a drawer in his department and you can find silicone hands and baby Shrek heads.

Company manager Neil White says: “The great thing about Shrek is that it’s so colourful, as we bring the animation to life.

“And everything that was in the Drury Lane show is here, it’s not a scaled-down version but the West End show.

“It’s clever because it works on two levels. It appeals so much to children but there is also humour for adults that goes over their heads.”

SHREK THE MUSICAL IN NUMBERS

26 actors in the cast.

90 people work backstage, including a 13 piece orchestra, four in make-up, four in wigs and 15 in wardrobe.

23 of the cast play 115 different characters.

They need 100 wigs and 300 costumes.

£100 is the cost of just one prosthetic pig’s nose.

The set and props are transported in nine articulated trucks. The crew had just 48 hours to move from Newcastle and set up in Birmingham.

19 is the age of actor Idiriss Kargbo who plays Donkey.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Birmingham Photoshoot

You may have already noticed a couple of pictures I've featured from the recent Shrek Tour photoshoot in Birmingham but there are some really great shots and I thought they deserved their own post.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

County Woman Shrek Review

Faye recently commmented on how well received Shrek has been in Birmingham and the online reviews are unanimous in their praise for the show and it's special Princess.

I'm going to move swiftly on to the next review because I have at least 4 more I'd like to feature before the swamp heads back to Scotland at the end of the month.

This one was written by Clare White for the website 'County Woman':

Shrek the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome

Hit musical Shrek entertained an audience of all ages at Birmingham Hippodrome.


Based on the 2001 award-winning DreamWorks animated film, it tells the story of a reclusive green ogre and his loyal donkey sidekick, who are sent by a cowardly lord to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower.

I had wondered how well the hugely popular film would translate into a stage musical, but really needn’t have worried, as Shrek is an absolute triumph – energetic, fresh and so, so funny.

Under the direction of ex Eastenders actor Nigel Harman (who played Lord Farquaad in the West End production) the characters are bought to life by a talented ensemble cast, witty lyrics to an upbeat score, brilliant make up and costumes and some clever staging trickery.

It’s hard to pick out just one highlight – there were jazzy musical numbers, a 30ft soul diva dragon, tap dancing rats and a gang of fairytale misfits including an irate Gingerbread Man. Lord Farquaad’s mincing had the audience in stitches, as did a flatulence competition between Shrek and Princess Fiona.

The stage production delves a little deeper into the back stories of the characters than the film does, helping the audience see a different side to Shrek, Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad, and at the heart of all the fart jokes and fairytale fun is a poignant message – that it is okay to different.

Dean Chisnall is the perfect Shrek – larger than life in voice and stature, effortlessly capturing the grumpy ogre’s aggression and softer, vulnerable side, while 19 year old Idriss Kargbo is fabulously vibrant as his playful sidekick and more than a match for Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of Donkey.

Princess Fiona isn’t your average one dimensional fairytale princess – she’s feisty, temperamental and a little crazed after being locked in a tower for 20 years, and Faye Brookes played her with great comedic sass. She has a stunning voice and I particularly loved her performance of ‘I Know It’s Today’; a cleverly choreographed piece for which she was joined by an infant and teenage Fiona.

For me, the star of the show is Gerard Carey as vertically challenged tyrant Lord Farquaad. Sporting hilarious prosthetic legs, he spends most of the show scuttling around on his knees, hamming up the more adult gags and stealing every scene.

I really can’t ogre-emphasize how brilliant Shrek is. Feel-good, engaging fun for the whole family, please go and see it!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

National Student Interview

After an electrifying opening night in Birmingham last week Faye was interviewed by Dean Eastmond for the National Student website.

She talks about Fiona's character, how much she loves the show and what a great time she's having in Birmingham.

She also talks about playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and what it was like auditioning for the role in New York.

Here is the interview in full:

My presence is graced with royalty - kind of. In an empty auditorium, I'm chatting with the female star of Shrek The Musical, Princess Fiona (as played by the wonderful Faye Brookes). 
 
As is famously known, Princess Fiona’s life prior to Shrek rescuing her is spent in a dragon-guarded tower, alone. Faye describes her take on this most subversive of fairytale princesses:

“She is a sassy, confident and powerful female,” Faye tells me with confidence. “Bearing in mind she’s the only female out of the four leads. There are three men she could be intimated by, but she’s not intimated by anything.

“She doesn’t take no for an answer and doesn’t apologise and I like that about her, because I apologise too much.”

Trying to imagine a singing ogre with a tap dancing princess may result in concussion, or worse. Shrek’s musical numbers are impeccably put together to form a musical definitely worthy of its West End and Broadway presence.

“I love every number we get to do. I even love watching off stage and seeing the fairy tale creatures strut their stuff, because they are the most talented bunch of kids ever. And they are kids. Most of them have literally stepped out of college. It makes me feel old. I’m not. Farquaad is. I always tease him for being old.

“I like singing the song with the other Fionas, “I Know It’s Today”. It’s a really powerful song. It’s the first song where you get to kind of know Fiona,” Faye explains. It’s obvious as to why: the number consisted with Fiona growing up on stage almost magically ending with all three Fiona’s singing together.

Our chat is before the second night of the show’s performance in Birmingham, so talk turns to opening night.

“Electric”, she replies; “I want to stay in Birmingham forever” - in which results in me blurting out “do!”

“We should”, she laughs and imitates a tannoy, “Shrek is moving permanently to Birmingham Hippodrome.”

She continues: “This is such a fantastic theatre on both sides; the crew is great. They haven’t had a day off but they’re so focused on getting the job done.”

Brookes is not one to shy away from powerful and empowering female roles in theatre, having played the principle role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, another musical adapted from film.

“Gerry Mitchell knew it was going on tour and he was opening Catch Me If You Can on Broadway and they flew me out to New York.

“I had to be in the right frame of mind. I was tunnel visioned and not sure what I did all day. I could hear the Memphis auditions next door and I was like” - she takes a moment to gasp, almost as Elle Woods would have done herself - “I can do this.

“I had to sing So Much Better and Legally Blonde (Reprise), when she has that awful moment with Callaghan and her whole world falls apart.

“I was so honoured to have met Gerry. I didn’t care if I was getting role, I just met Gerry Mitchell. I’m the youngest ever to have played it and”, she emphasises on the “and”, “the first Brunette to have played it. I don’t think I’ll ever do a show where I play me. There’s always going to be a wig or a hat,” she laughs.

So it’s interesting to feel how Faye’s gone from Delta Nu to, well, a swamp.

“Yeah that’s a good question,” she begins. “I forget how long ago it is now and I’m so proud of my Delta Nu girls now, everyone’s done so well and is doing so great. One of them is in Wicked now.

“We all stuck together as a team because it’s much of a girl’s “we can do anything” and “don’t judge a book by its cover”. It’s very much the same for this. At the end of Shrek we realise we’re all freaks and that’s ok and that’s the message. It’s ok to be different.

“Fiona finds her story tale isn’t what she expects and she gets angry over that. She’s like “like no, that’s not what I wanted”. She has to go through the struggle of accepting her fate and falling in love with Shrek - and who doesn’t want to watch them fall in love? It’s exactly like Elle and Emmet.

“Fiona just wanted to find her happily ever after.”

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My 2nd Good Friday Selfie With Faye!

As I mentioned in my previous post, me and Faye took 2 stage door selfies when I saw her at the Birmingham Hippodrome last Friday; one of which was very blurred.

Thankfully after a bit of editing I've managed to rescue it.

Monday, 6 April 2015

My Easter Treat in Birmingham!

Well Easter 2015 would have to go down as one of the best ever for me and that is almost entirely down to the brilliance and kindness of the adorable Faye Brookes. (I say almost, I did also enjoy watching Bristol Rovers win 5-1 on Good Friday.)

After another showstopping performance as Princess Fiona, I met up with Faye at the stage door for a lovely chat.

Birmingham is only about 100 miles from my home near Bristol but it still took over 2 hours to get there, mainly due to the traffic in the City centre.

It was the 12th time I've seen Faye in Shrek but as I mentioned before, it was my first trip to the Hippodrome and I have to say I was really impressed. They've done a fantastic job with the modern glass fronted exterior rebuild and inside they've kept many of the traditional theatre features.

I didn't realise, but this is a new theatre for Faye too, as Legally Blonde used the nearby Alexandra theatre when they visited the City.

The show was superb as always and I actually noticed some subtle changes Faye has made to her performance. She has a new reaction to when she sees Shrek climbing the tower and when saying 'Why didn't he come rescue me' in the next scene.

Everytime I go I notice something new and exciting in her performance. Faye is such a remarkably gifted actress, she is never anything less than sensational but she likes to keep things fresh and has the talent to mix things up.

It doesn't matter how many times you've seen her perform or what role she's playing, you could never get bored watching Faye, she is so captivating on stage.

After the show I went to the stage door to wait for my favourite leading lady.

I know I've said this before but words cannot express how much it means to me that Faye always takes the time to chat. Despite feeling very tired after a heavy workload and a 2 show Saturday, she was so nice, so friendly, so patient, so typically Faye.

It was one of the best chats I've had with Faye and I was even able to walk with her as she made her way back to her digs, which were very close to where my car was parked.

The picture at the top of this post is my first ever selfie. Well, technically speaking it was taken by Faye, but surely that counts? :-) As you can see, despite being tired, she was looking as beautiful as ever & it's definitely one of my favourite stage door snaps.

Of course being Easter I couldn't go empty handed. Before we said goodbye I was able to give Faye a Booja Booja Easter egg. Hopefully Princess Fiona is allowed an Easter treat.

I eventually got home at 1:30am, a little tired but still buzzing after another magical day. (Although getting up early for golf on Sunday morning was a bit of a struggle.)

As you can tell, Faye absolutely made my Easter and I really can't thank her enough!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Amy Stutz Shrek Video Interviews

A video blogger for the Birmingham Hippodrome - Amy Stutz - recently went on a Shrek the Musical back stage tour and caught up with the cast for a quick chat.

She has a 5 minute interview with Faye between 4:17 and 9:50.

Faye talks about how she portrays Fiona's character and that she is still learning things about her 9 months into the tour. She discusses the differences between playing Fiona and playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She also reveals she does her own make-up for the show and that she likes playing with Fiona's hair. If you've got it, flaunt it.


Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Easter Everyone!

I'd like to wish Faye and all our readers a very happy Easter.

This time of year always brings back memories of the Legally Blonde tour and Elle's Easter Bunny outfit, which I'm pretty sure Faye said she still has in her wardrobe.

My Easter treat comes tomorrow night when I get to see Shrek for the 12th time and meet up with Faye after the show. Can't wait.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Native Monster Shrek Review

It was Shrek Tour press night at the Birmingham Hippodrome yesterday and the 5 star reviews have been flooding in.

I didn't know which to feature first because they're all so good and everyone absolutely loved Faye's portrayal of Princess Fiona.

In the end I narrowed it down to 2 and tossed a coin. I will of course be featuring the other reviews soon anyway.

First up is the review below written by Lisa Wright for the 'Native Monster' entertainment website run by the Midlands local newspaper the 'Express & Star':

REVIEW: Shrek The Musical

Birmingham Hippodrome

If you’d think a stage version of the much-loved classic Shrek would offer nothing new and refreshing to the film, think again.

Because Shrek The Musical takes it to a whole new level with a fantastically funny and magical show
The hit musical is currently at Birmingham Hippodrome for a month-long run and those who have already snapped up tickets will not be disappointed.

While the stage show has all of our favourite main characters from the film, they’ve been injected with even more attitude. Throw in some of the most famous fairytale characters and some show-stopping songs and you’ve got the recipe for a fantastic family night.

Make no bones about it, Shrek The Musical is unashamedly, flamboyantly fabulous.

While youngsters will love the bright colours, loud music and dancing, older viewers will be in stitches with the number of adult-only jokes and innuendo that will simply fly over the little ones’ heads.

Dean Chisnall was fantastic as the loveable ogre who sets off on his quest to rescue Princess Fiona. Dean captured the different moods of the ogre perfectly, from his grumpy beginnings, to his friendship with Donkey and his vulnerability as he falls in love with Princess Fiona. 

Meanwhile, Faye Brookes was a fantastically feisty and funny Fiona, with great comedy timing and a belter of a voice on songs including I Know It’s Today and Morning Person.

Idriss Kargbo was superb as Shrek’s sidekick Donkey, with an assured performance that was well above his 19 years, but the standout performance of the night came from Gerard Carey, who was simply superb as the hilariously villainous Lord Farquaad.

It can’t be easy to spend a whole performance on your knees, but as he captured the vertically challenged villain he had the audience in fits of laughter with his brilliant facial expressions, movements and portrayal of a truly memorable role which was just wonderful to watch.

Other highlights included the huge interactive puppet dragon and a stellar supporting cast, while the songs were top class and the show-stopping I’m A Believer finale will have you enthusiastically clapping along.

A special mention must also go to the fantastic wigs, wardrobe and make-up departments for the attention to detail that go into bringing Shrek and co to life.

Shrek The Musical will delight audiences young and old. The perfect Easter treat.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Princess to Ogre in 90 Seconds!

Faye recently talked to Kelly Apter from 'The List' about one of the quickest on stage transformations in muscial theatre.

Quick changes are a part of life in the theatre, but anyone who has seen the first Shrek film will know that Fiona’s transformation from traditional beauty to green ogre is far from subtle. 

‘It takes 90 seconds and it’s awful,’ laughs Faye Brooks, who plays the part of Fiona in the UK tour of Shrek the Musical. ‘I put on the same dress but it’s padded, the make-up artist transforms me with ogre ears and green paint, I pull on a green cowl and fat hands and then, eureka, I’m back on stage again.'

Brooks describes it as 90 seconds of madness for both herself and her entourage. ‘But I honestly love the fact that I’ve worked my way through the story to that point,’ she continues. ‘Fiona has a constant fear of being found out and can’t show her true colours, because she thinks that she’s not beautiful. But by the end, she’s been through so much, the transformation makes sense, and it shocks people in the right way.’

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Birmingham Hippodrome!

Next stop for Faye and her Shrek Tour fairytale friends is the Birmingham Hippodrome.

As you can see from the picture, the exterior of the theatre was - quite recently - substantially rebuilt but inside they've kept many of the traditional features. The best of both worlds you could say.

Despite living less than 2 hours away in Bristol I've never actually been to the Hippodrome so I'm really looking forward to seeing it when I make my 12th trip to the swamp on Saturday.

Faye is absolutely spectacular as the bi-polar Princess and as the show is there for 4 weeks I couldn't resist booking to see it twice. I'll be heading back up the M5 to Birmingham at the end of April :)

If you live in the Midlands make sure you catch this amazing show while it's in town.

BOOK TO SEE SHREK AT THE BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Although this will be my first ever visit to the Hippodrome, I did actually travel to Birmingham to see Faye in Legally Blonde at the New Alexandra Theatre. Unfortunately that particular trip didn't quite go to plan. Faye was unwell and therefore unable to perform, meaning I didn't get to see the real Elle Woods on that occasion :(

Keeping everything crossed for better luck this time.

I hope Faye and her Shrek Tour co stars have a fantastic first show at the Hippodrome tonight and a wonderful 4 weeks in the Black Country!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Rebecca's Shrek Day in Newcastle!

Massive thanks to Rebecca for letting us feature her lovely stage door picture with Faye and writing a short review for the blog about her visit to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle to see Shrek last Friday.


I was looking forward to seeing Shrek for the first time and it didn't disappoint.  It was really funny and the audience clearly enjoyed it.  Lord Farquard was hilarious but the standout performance for me had to be Faye as Princess Fiona.  Her singing and dancing were fabulous but it was the comedy of her performance that I enjoyed the most, she does such great facial expressions.  There were a few moments that really made me think of seeing her as Elle Woods and like that I can't imagine watching anyone else in the role now.

I waited at the stage door as usual and missed all the rest of the cast as I was worried about missing Faye.  She came out with a few other people and I had to shout her name so I didn't miss her.  I think she was in a hurry but she was still kind enough to sign my programme, take a picture and share a few words which made my night.  I look forward to seeing what she does next.

Friday, 27 March 2015

A Look Back at Newcastle!

Faye's unlikely to leave Newcastle before 9pm on Sunday after her final show at the Theatre Royal but she'll be back on stage at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday.

That's right, just a single day off to recover from a gruelling three weeks in the North East. Just as well she's Superwoman.

Before they move on to Birmingham I thought we'd feature a few more tweets from fans & take a look back at what the Newcastle critics thought of our favourite Princess.


NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
"One of the main catalysts was the truly fantastic Faye Brookes as Princess Fiona. Every fairy tale needs a damsel in distress but while pandering to the stereotype in numbers like I Know It’s Today, Faye’s Fiona was anything but one dimensional. 

The wit was there along with impeccable comic timing which combined to make Fiona a different brand of damsel entirely."

HARTLEPOOL MAIL
"Faye Brookes is fiercely wonderful as the unconventional Princess."

THE JOURNAL
"As Princess Fiona, Faye Brookes is equally endearing, counting the days to her fairytale release from a gilded tower with signs of increasing exasperation."

FUN WITH THE FAMILY BLOG
"I loved Faye Brookes sassy Princess Fiona, she definitely wasn't the damsel in distress and had lots of girl power."

THE NORTHERN ECHO
"Brookes throws herself into everything from tap dancing with rats to battling into her ogre costume and belting out her big songs like I Know It's Today and Morning Person."

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Spot The Odd One Out!

Congratulations to Maria and Hayley for winning our 'Spot the odd one out' competition.

We had some good guesses along the way but it was Maria and Hayley who got it right in the end. Both tweeting me the correct answer within seconds of each other.

Elle Woods is the odd one out because she is the only one who isn't a Princess; the others being Princess Jasmine, Princess Aurora and Princess Fiona.

Thanks to everyone who took part. They'll be another picture game next month.