Blue Eyed Girl interviews . . . West End Wilma


I am over the moon to announce the identity of my next interviewee – an interviewee who to me, as a novice blogger and someone who has such immense respect and admiration for her, needs no introduction.

Here’s what happened when I chatted to the legend that is WEST END WILMA . . .

Tell us a little known fact about yourself – something we wouldn’t know by looking at you


I love wine.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer/blogger? And what was it about theatre that inspired you into becoming TheatreLand’s favourite Nanna?


I really didn’t ever think about it. I always enjoyed writing but it wasn’t until one day a friend of mine said I should start a blog because I see so many shows that I decided to give it a go! I didn’t think anyone would ever read it! I’m still not sure anyone does!
 
What was the first song/album you ever bought?

I think it was Moon River! Back in my day there was no iTunes or Spotify but I think is wonderful that music is so accessible these days!
 
Wilma collects her Ticketmaster Blog Award for Best Theatre Blog
(Picture from www.thestage.co.uk)
 
What was the first play/musical you ever saw (as a theatre-goer) and what was the first show you ever reviewed?

The first show I reviewed was Masterclass at the Vaudeville Theatre with Tyne Daly back in 2012 (not that long ago)! Interestingly the second show I reviewed was a production of Les Mis performed by inmates of an all male prison!
 
The first show I ever saw? I have no idea!


What was the last play/ musical that you saw that took your breath away (in a good way!) and why?
 
I saw the touring production of Top Hat a couple of weeks ago and it was every bit as wonderful as the West End production! I loved it!

One of the most popular features on your website is TEA WITH WILMA. If you could have any Theatre Performer (West End or Broadway) be a part of a future TEA WITH WILMA that hasn’t been involved already, who would it be and why?

Oh wow. That’s a good question. I’d love to meet Imelda Staunton. Or of course the legend that is Angela Lansbury! That would be incredible!

(Picture from www.westendwilma.com)

 

Your newest project is THE WILMA AWARDS. You have said yourself that there are already so many Theatre Awards out there – what will make THE WILMA AWARDS stand out from all the rest?

I think there are a few categories that are different to those you would typically see in theatre awards. Guests at the ceremony will be treated to afternoon tea courtesy of The Full English (http://www.thefullenglishfoodcompany.ltd.uk) which is lovely as I will get to have tea with so many people at once!

All the awards will be voted for by the public and you will be able to vote for each category separately. So if you haven’t seen any of the shows listed or don’t know who the people are, you can leave it blank to avoid contaminating the results with a randomly chosen answer.
 
You have some very specific categories – why did you choose those in particular?

It was actually very difficult to keep it to 10 categories. I didn’t want it to go on forever and so was keen to narrow it down. I think there is a good mix of categories and ultimately they were the ones I wanted to recognise most.

We know that the awesome Tim McArthur will be hosting at the Awards Ceremony in November – what else can we expect from the event?

There will be a couple of very special live performances. And it’s being held at the stagey Freedom Bar Soho (http://freedombarsoho.com) and so I’m sure there will be a few Pornstar Martini’s consumed at some point!

In 10 words or less, what would you say to my readers to ensure they vote once the nominations have been announced?

If you love theatre then show your support by voting!

And finally, if you could give one piece of advice to your 13 year old self – what would you say?

My mother told me when I was young that I could be anything I wanted to be. You might have to work hard to make it happen but anything is possible. I still live by that motto and I believe it’s true!
 
To find out more about the Awards, including nominations and voting, please check out the brilliant http://www.westendwilma.com/wilma-awards/ , and over on Twitter @westendwilma and @wilmaawards

It was such an honour and an absolute dream to conduct this interview. I can only but give my endless thanks to Wilma for giving up her time to answer my questions!

All hail West End Wilma 🙂

Signing off for now

Blue Eyed Girl Xxx