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Interview: Georgia May Foote

After five years in Corrie and a stint on Strictly Come Dancing, Georgia May Foote is now preparing for her first role in theatre with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We caught up her for a chin wag about her role as Holly Golightly, practising singing parts for the first time and sharing the role with Pixie Lott and Emily Atack…

Hi Georgia, how are you doing today?

Good! I’m just cleaning at the moment, as always! My sister’s coming down today so I’m just tidying up a bit – not that it’s always a mess here…

Sure… How excited are you to be playing the role of Holly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Aw you know what, I am so excited, and I can’t wait. It’s the first time I’ve done this kind of thing. I’ve never been on a stage, so I’m really nervous! I don’t know what to expect really, I’m just working through the script and making sure it’s true to the book but I have no idea how it will go!

You’re sharing the role with Pixie Lott and Emily Atack too…

Yeah it’s a really great cast of people. The director has allowed us all to put a different spin on it, and I love the freedom of that. Usually, directors tell you what to do but Nikolai is really open to different things so we’ll have three different versions of Holly.

How different will your version be to Pixie’s or Emily’s?

Oh, completely different. I’ve seen Pixie, she was really good. Even the singing parts are slightly different, but the best people to ask about that are the crew after I’ve started!

How are you getting on with the singing parts? I assume that is new to you…

I’ve never sang before, so it’s a bit scary! I know I can do it, I just haven’t chosen to do it before. Hopefully, after a couple of shows I’ll be fine and I’ll be like: “well easy this singing lark!”

Has your experience with Strictly Come Dancing helped you prepare for stage shows?

Exactly yeah, it did. I got quite emotional when people were telling me I could perform on stage and in the West End. I really enjoyed touring with Strictly. I missed home but you get to see some beautiful places on the road.

Do you miss Manchester too, seen as you live down in London now?

Oh god yeah, I miss it a lot! Nothing beats Manchester. I’ll get off the train in Piccadilly and, even the smell of it, I think ‘’ahh I miss this place!’’ I’ll get to me mums and have a nice big glass of northern water! Can’t beat it!

You are in the Rocky Horror Show in December too, can you see yourself becoming a full time stage performer or will you go back to TV at some point?

It’s funny because I’m here saying I’ve spent years in TV and never been on a stage show, but I’ve got two big shows coming up this year! TV is where my heart is, it’s where I’m most comfortable and I spent so long there. But you never know, I might step off stage the first night and think “oh my god, this is amazing!” I’d like to think I could do both, so we’ll just have to see!

Georgia stars as Holly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, showing at the Lyceum Theatre from 18th October to 22nd October. Visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk for more details. 

Paul Stimpson

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