We love Rebecca Thornhill. We loved her in Top Hat, we loved her in From Here To Eternity and we loved her in Mary Poppins. We love her in Matilda The Musical too.
But we hate Mrs Wormwood.
Why? Because Mrs Wormwood is a repulsive, reprehensible character who does not realise just how special young Matilda is and does not love her as much as she deserves.
Now, we’ve been around shows long enough to know that the performers are not their characters. We learned that early on. They teach you that on the first day of ‘writing about theatre’ school. But we were delighted, nonetheless, to see in Thornhill’s photo diary the amount of transformation she undergoes to become her salsa-dance obsessed character:
Morning coffee to start the day from my favourite coffee place.
Arriving at our stage door.
I do my own singing warm-up as well as the one later and put my make-up on so that I am ready to go to wigs before the half.
Voice warm-up, physical and another singing warm-up…
… And into wigs.
Four pairs of tights later.
Nails ready (or topped up)
Off to do Loud!
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