BWW Interviews: Kerry Ellis - WICKED, SINGULAR SENSATIONS, RENT!
Hi Kerry! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today!
That's OK! No problem!
You recently took part in the Singular Sensations series at Charing Cross Theatre - how did that go?
I did, and it was lovely! Really nice. I've known Ed [Seckerson] for a few years now and he's fantastic. He really knows his stuff and he's a great interviewer because he's really interested in what you're doing and he asks some great questions. It was a really nice afternoon; it was really smooth and intimate and I think the crowd get a really different kind of show because they see you perform but they also get an insight that perhaps they haven't had before. What was nice afterwards was that people were saying that it was nice to not just see a performance, but they actually got to see a bit of you as well.
Definitely. Do you find you get a bit more nervous if you know there's something like that coming up? If, rather than just performing, you know people are going to ask you questions, do you get a little more nervous?
Not so much now. I think I used to, because you know I've done a lot of shows now and you've kind of had that fourth wall and you've not had to interact so much, but over the last four years or so I've done a lot of one-woman shows and masterclasses and various other things where I've actually been interacting, so in fact it's really enjoyable for me to kind of sit there, and it just felt like we were all talking together. It was really nice.
I wish I could've been there, it sounds great!
Aw, yeah! You'll have to go to some other ones because he's got some great guests coming up - Jenna Russell, for instance, and I think it's going to be a really great series of events.
I'll try! Will you be going to see any of the other ones?
I hope so, yeah, if I can get down to some. You know, if I'm not working or I'm not busy, hopefully I can get in to see some others.
You mentioned it was a more intimate venue - do you prefer those to big arena-style gigs, or are they just different?
They're very different. I enjoy both and I think the beauty of what we do as performers is that we get to do such different performances. We get to do those intimate things and then get to do the big arenas, so it's nice to have variety. And it's also nice to be able to hear the audience and really be close to them, because obviously in some of the big events you hear them en masse which is great, but there is a time to be intimate and hear their reaction.
Yeah, lovely! I mean, it's always nice to be with Michael - I've actually never sung with Michael! We've met several times and I've been on his shows and we've been at the same events, but we've never actually sung together, so it was really nice to be able to perform together. And with the orchestra as well it was great and it was a beautiful day - the concert was outside. Yeah, it was lovely, was really nice!
I heard you guys lucked out with the weather!
We did! When we were sound-checking in the afternoon it was so hot we caught a bit of the sun, it was lovely! It was kind of one of those days when you go, 'This isn't working, this is just having a lovely time'!
It sounds wonderful - it would have been great to hear you and Gina and everyone, but sadly I couldn't make it!
Aw, no, it was lovely and Gina was fantastic. She has such a beautiful soprano voice - she did a lovely version of I Loves You Porgy, and it was just serene and beautiful.
Lovely! What was your favourite thing about the evening?
There were so many elements that came together. It was interesting to do a concert slightly earlier - I think it started at five o'clock, so it was really light, but that was kind of nice because you got to see it go to dusk as the show went on, and it's always nice to be able to see the crowd and watch them enjoy themselves with their picnics and glasses of wine and stuff! Yeah, it was lovely, it was a really social event.
I was checking out your calendar of events, and as a conservationist, something that grabbed my attention was the Hope4Apes charity event at the Savoy - how did you get into the world of conservation? What inspired you to use your talents to try and help on the conservation front?