Sunday, 25 June 2017

Coronation Street Blog Interview with Carrie Hope Fletcher

Hiya! It’s just Jordan with yet another very special post, which will probably appeal mostly to the younger readers of the blog. As you know, a few weeks ago, I was invited to the press launch of The Addams Family Musical in Manchester. I interviewed former Corrie star Les Dennis on his role as Uncle Fester. You can read that interview here.

Also starring in The Addams Family is Carrie Hope Fletcher. As a big fan, I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity for an interview. 
Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, author and YouTube vlogger who currently has over 600,000 subscribers and an online fanbase known as the ‘Hopefuls’. On her YouTube channel, she uploads a variety of videos, many of which give a backstage insight to life on stage.

Over the last few years, the 24-year-old has stepped into such iconic roles as Truly Scrumptious in the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as playing a record-breaking three year run as Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables. Now, the modern starlet is donning the famous plaits of Wednesday Addams in the UK premiere of The Addams Family Musical.

 After being treated to a couple of live performances from Carrie herself, I caught up with the busiest woman in the world to ask her a few questions about her new role.

So, yet another iconic role!
I know! I’m so lucky. So lucky.

What’s it like to play Wednesday Addams in the first British production of The Addams Family?

It’s amazing. Wednesday is so much fun to play. The interesting thing about Wednesday in the musical is that she’s older. We’re used to seeing her as a child, but now she’s eighteen and she’s fallen in love with a “normal” boy. That’s what the show is all about.

Unlike most British productions, this show hasn’t premiered in the West End. It’s gone on tour instead. Do you think that has changed the dynamic of the show?
It’s definitely different to being in the West End. When you’re in a show in London, you go to the same theatre every day and go home after the show. On tour, you’re moving round a lot so the cast becomes a lot tighter. We’re sharing hotels and going to the theatres together. There’s more of a family feel on tour. The sets also have to be a bit more flexible for all the different theatres.

Having already accomplished two of your dream roles, what’s next?
Well, this one just happened. Up until a few years ago, I had no idea The Addams Family Musical existed. I watched all of The Addams Family films growing up and when I heard about the musical, I became obsessed. I watched all the interviews and learned all about the Broadway production and hoped it would come to the UK.  So, I just discover new roles and love them. I never know what’s round the corner- sometimes I can just get a phone call for an audition next week.

Obviously, you have a huge online influence. Do you think you’ve introduced a whole new generation to the theatre at a time when theatres really need audiences?
I think so. A lot of people found Les Mis through me, as well as through sites like Tumblr and various other blogs so I think the Internet on the whole has had an effect. But it also works both ways. People have also found me and my channel through the theatre. It’s also amazing to me that our little corner of the Internet has been found by those in parts of the world, where sadly, they can’t get to see a West End show.

Now then, being from a soap blog, I can’t get away without asking you this. Are we ever going to see Carrie on Corrie?
(laughs) Carrie on Corrie! That’s got a ring to it! I’d love to do it, yeah. I used to watch the soaps religiously with my mum – Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale – and I think it would be really nice for her to be sat on the sofa watching me on the television. But, who knows? Pitch it!

A gorgeous interview with a girl who is just as inspiringly lovely in real life as she is online. You can catch Carrie starring alongside Les Dennis in The Addams Family Musical, touring the UK til November. Click here for tour dates and ticket details.

And if you’d like to visit Carrie’s YouTube channel where she is currently hosting an online series about the tour, follow the link below:

As always,

Thanks for reading!


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Coronation Street Friday 23rd June episode review

Hiya! It’s just Jordan with this week’s Friday review. I promise not to be as grumpy as last week, as I did enjoy last night’s episodes to an extent. Where to start?
The Street’s current Romeo and Juliet – Faye and Seb – are still at it, much to Anna’s loud dismay. Faye is even playing up to the wifey role with her teenage sweetheart, packing him off to his apprenticeship with cheese sandwiches. But he later decides to spend lunchtime at Faye’s and the rebellious teens make full use of the empty house. Unfortunately though, the sackless seventeen year old discards the condom wrapper in the kitchen bin. You just wouldn’t, would you? It is found by both Tim and Anna, and the pair are horrified. Anna flies off the handle she is never on and yells something about it being illegal and that she is going to press charges and a seething Tim finds Seb, offering him an ultimatum. Split up with Faye or deal with the legal consequences of sleeping with his fifteen year old daughter. Naturally, Seb goes for the former option, on the surface. But because Corrie is full of ostensibly clever and shocking twists right now, Seb later explains to Faye that he is not splitting up with her. It was all an act, and the starcrossed lovers are to continue their relationship in absolute secret. I wonder how long that will last?

The Bethany saga continued in Friday’s episodes, taking yet another bizarre turn. Bethany’s all tearful smiles as she thanks Mary for all of her help, before hitting the bottle. Again. I must’ve blinked and missed the explanation on how this seventeen-year old obtained a bottle of spirit in the first place, because pretty soon she is hammering her way into number 5, with full drunken intent on seducing Craig. Yes, you read that right.  Can’t they have Bethany doing something other than getting drunk and/or crying? She thinks Craig is rejecting her when he won’t sleep with her, but soon asks for a hug.  Apparently, hugs can sober a person up instantly and Bethany is now thinking straight. When Craig starts talking about his mentor at the police force – who just happens to be one of Bethany’s rapists, Neil – she is on the brink of confessing all about this ridiculous plot twist to who is probably her closest friend. And for whatever reason, this confession was dragged out and postponed yet again. Craig though, ever the bright lad, picked up on this almost-confession and begins to have doubts about his superior at the police force.
Now then. Comedy on Corrie. What has happened to it? Corrie has always been known for its comedy and I fear it knows it. Now they’re pushing it and trying way too hard to be funny, as proven in Friday’s episodes. As we know, Brian and Cathy are now secretly dating, sneaking around for fear of upsetting Roy. The truth was finally revealed to Roy in Friday’s episodes, but in the style of a low-rent pantomime. Cathy got stuck in the bathroom thanks to a dodgy knob, Roy turned up at the flat and Brian bumbled around for excuses, even telling his flatmate that the woman in the bathroom was his new girlfriend,  Gwen Hoarder (okay, I liked that bit). Just as Brian is about to usher Roy out the door, Roy notices Cathy’s coat hanging up at puts two and two together. Unsurprisingly, Roy’s not bothered that Cathy and Brian are dating. Why would he be? He didn’t even want to marry Cathy in the first place, which is why the wedding went down the pan. I couldn’t help but cringe watching these scenes. Humour has to be natural, the characters likeable and the situation believable.
Elsewhere, everyone’s favourite criminally underused character Erica Holroyd is celebrating her birthday, but Dev has forgotten.  Somehow, this leads to her starting an affair with Kevin Webster after cracking open a bottle of Dev’s expensive wine. Both Erica and Kevin are feeling neglected by their partners. The pair have a fumble on the sofa, but soon agree to put it behind them and move on. Later on, after trying to deal with yet another one of Anna’s dramas, Kevin looks rather pleased to receive a text from Erica. And just after that, Anna, having recovered from the drama of her fifteen year old daughter wanting to have sex (oh the horror!), discovers that Kevin has been trying to find out if there is any correlation between anti-depressants and libido depletion. Anna is furious, even moreso when she finds out he has been discussing their sex life with another woman (by ‘another woman’, she meant an actual nurse). All the while, she is unwittingly pushing Kevin further away. Oh, and Eva gets a call from Stella for the first time in about three years. Stella has just been dumped by her boyfriend and Eva must jet off to France right away to be with her. I mean, Stella lives in New York, not France but let’s just overlook that for now. Aidan is secretly thrilled, because this gives him a few days alone with Maria.

I realise this was a bit of a flippant and somewhat dull review, but sometimes I don’t have the energy or the inspiration to be humorously critical. On a positive note, the scenes with Bethany and Craig were rather lovely to watch. I hope they refrain from doing that typical soap thing of automatically pairing two friends of the opposite sex up together as an item. Craig and Bethany should just be friends; the pair worked well in Friday’s episodes, so hats off to Lucy Fallon and Colson Smith for bringing some sentimental light into our favourite street.
As always,
Thanks for reading!
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Three Things

I've been away for the past week (villa in Croatia, lovely, thanks for asking) so on my return I obviously caught up on the week's events in Weatherfield.  A lot of dramatic things happened, and it was all very good - ok, maybe not Eva mentioning The Sainted Stella - but three things stood out for me for no reason other than they made me giggle.

The fake mechanic stuff in Kevin's garage, but in particular, GUNK.


Every single person in this shot is trying not to laugh.  (Brian is failing).

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Corrie's Bev Callard opening QRRA Rally next weekend

Beverley Callard, who plays Liz McDonald in Coronation Street, will be opening the QRRA Rally next weekend.

The QRRA rally raises funds for The Queen's' Regimental Association Benevolence Fund. It takes place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July at The Ranch (The Old Railway Station), Canterbury Road, Wingham CT3 1NH

Beverley says: "It's a really good cause raising money for my Jon McEwan's old Army Regiment. If you like Motorbikes and Rock music, please come along, I'll be there all weekend!"

Full details here.

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5 Things We Learned in Corrie This Week

It's been another cracking week in Coronation Street this week. Time then, to look back at 5 things we learned in Coronation Street this week.

1. Socks off means business

"When a man's got his socks off, he means business," said Zadeen, sorry Zeedan, this week to his mum.  And not only did Brian have his socks off in scenes that thankfully we did not see, but he also had his socks very much on - and with garters too.

2. Seb loves cheese

"I love cheese, me," said Seb to  Faye when she brought him his cheese sandwiches.  Whether he'll be getting any more cheese, or anything else, from Faye remains to be seen with Tim watching the lad's every move.

3. Brian is a fastidious groomer

Nose hair, ear hair. None of it is a problem to Brian Packham, master of the personal grooming situation.

4. Little Jack is still alive

Out of sight, out of mind for viewers and his dad Kevin, it seems. Little Jack Webster hasn't been seen in ooh, ages. He returned to the cobbles back in 2014 with dad Kevin and apart from a brief storyline where he was rescued from an oncoming tram in Blackpool by Jenny Bradley, he's been very quiet storyline wise. But this week he was mentioned when Faye told Seb that the house was empty and Jack was at school. A nation sighed in relief that little Jack is well, happy, and still very much alive.

5. Erica's got a tulip-shaped head

I think we all know someone like Mary who comes out with such phrases, saying that Erica has got a tulip-shaped head. Thankfully I don't know anyone with a tulip-shaped head.

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