Interview with Kerri Quinn: Life is a Cabaret old chum!

A new co-production of the smash hit musical Cabaret by Bruiser and the MAC arrives at the theatre this month. The show promises to be one of the most memorable theatre experiences of the year as audiences will be plunged into the decadent world of 1930s Berlin as the Belfast arts venue is transformed into the infamous Kit Kat Club for a night at the Cabaret.

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The cast includes the very best home-grown talent with Kerri Quinn playing the lead role of Sally Bowles and this week I had a chat with Kerri in between a busy day rehearsing.

What can we expect at the Kit Kat Klub?

Well at the Kit Kat Club anything goes it’s the weinar era. It’s all about freedom of sexual exploration, discovery, escapism. There are literally no boundaries combined with great music and hugely entertaining routines.

Bruiser and The Mac always do theatre differently. Will this show perfectly marvellous?

When you combine a superb musical score, incredible storyline, in one of the best arts venues in the UK with a fantastic cast/production team of course it’s going to be perfectly marvellous.

The song Cabaret was specially written for Liza Minnelli, do you have a song you’d love to have had written for you?

Well within the show I’d have to say ‘I dont care much’ as despite being at the lowest point of the show where there is nothing else to give or fight for it’s still uplifting and sexy. Outside of the show it would have to be ‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac.

Liza created her whole image for Cabaret including her hairstyle and eyelashes without the producers approval. Would you try something as dramatic as this to get a role?

That’s an interesting question as you always try to present yourself as neutral as possible at auditions, but if I was asked to create a look absolutely I’d go to town. As a performer you usually have an idea of how a character should appear.

Is life a Cabaret old chum?

Is life a cabaret? Of course. What good is sitting alone in your room? Who wants to do that? Lol well it def is in this business.

I hear Leesa Harker would buck ye like… hilarious…what’s your favourite local saying ?

Leesa right back at ya. She is a dote. This saying always makes me laugh “if it’s for you it won’t go by you”. Always the words of wisdom used by friends and family if you do a bad audition.

Cabaret runs at The Mac from 16th September 2014 to 4th October 2014.

For more information about the show or to book a ticket, visit themaclive.com

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