Georgia Louise is Northern actress and singer who has previously stolen fans hearts in West End productions such as Mamma Mia and Kinky Boots.
From the 6th of September Georgia will begin her next adventure as Natalya in the UK premiere of Dave Malloy’s Preludes at the Southwark Playhouse.
To celebrate the news we’ve asked Georgia a couple questions about all things Preludes, theatre and of course women empowerment!
I just wanted to start by saying how excited I am to hear you’ll be playing Natalya in the UK premiere of Dave Malloy’s Preludes! How are you feeling about it?
I’m so excited, I can’t wait to be a part of something new and exciting, something where I’ll be able to create and explore a character that I haven’t previously seen done before. The Southwark has been on my bucket list of places I wanted to perform since I first visited in 2012 and I can’t believe it’s really happening!
For those who are perhaps unfamiliar with Dave Malloy’s work, what can audiences expect from Preludes?
Whatever they’re expecting, the real thing will completely surpass their expectations. They should expect drama, humour, beautiful music and so many things in-between. But I can’t tell you all the secrets, you’ll have to come and see the show!
What would you say drew you to this particular piece of work?
I think I’d have to say the music. It’s based on Rachmaninoff’s pieces but with Dave Malloy’s tunes and lyrics over the top so it’s this beautifully weird and wonderful blend of contemporary and classical. It’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before.
So far you’ve played some incredibly strong and sassy characters such as Lauren in Kinky Boots and Sophie in Mamma Mia, but who would you say is the most empowering character in the West End at the moment? (I feel like this is a really mean question, sorry!)
That is a hard question! I think I’d have to say Elphaba because she overcomes intense adversity and learns to believe in her own strength, she’s strong minded and doesn’t allow others to sway her. I’d say the same for Glinda too, by the end she’s a woman, totally different from the girl we see at the beginning, she’s grown and she’s matured because she’s listened and learned.
Matilda is also a feminist icon.
Talking of empowering, what was the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career so far?
Anne Reid came to see our Mountview third year show Lockhart and she told me to never lose my sincerity and I think that’s really stuck with me. Above all things no matter what or who you’re playing, sincerity and realism must remain at the heart of things, believability is the way to capture an audience even if you’re playing the most out there character.
At times the industry can be a little daunting and overwhelming. What message would you give to somebody looking to find their feet and looking to start their career in the wonderful world of theatre?
I’d say really be sure that this is what you want to do, because it takes a lot of dedication and hard work. You just can’t do things by halves in this industry, you have to give your everything every single night no matter how you’re feeling offstage.
Never stop learning, go and watch shows and if you cant afford to see them there are tons of professionally recorded ones on YouTube. Read plays that interest you, if you hear a song you like learn it and put it into your rep. Never be ashamed to be passionate about what you love because love is the reason we do it!
I could go on and on with advice and positive words but above all believe that you are enough, that you can and that you will.
I couldn’t complete this interview without saying thank you. I think you’re a wonderfully positive voice to have within the industry and I know a number of fans look up to you. Growing up who would you say was your biggest idol?
Thank you so much, I still can’t quite believe that people look up to me now because I’ve spent my whole life looking up to the likes of Bernadette Peters, Kerry Ellis, Patti LuPone, Maria Friedman, Audra McDonald, I could literally go on forever there are so many amazing women in this industry.
My biggest idol when I was growing up was probably Kristin Chenoweth, I still really admire her. She’s just incredible, so funny and kind and can hit a top C whilst swinging a huge string of pearls around her neck…
There are so many incredible shows all across the world wowing audiences every evening. If you could star in any, which show would you choose and why?
I’ve always wanted to play Glinda. I grew up listening to Wicked and it just has such a special place in my heart.
Oh and I’m longing for a Carousel revival so I could play Julie Jordan.
Oh and Lucille in Parade.
I can’t just choose one there are so many good parts I’m sorry!
And finally I know you’re a big fan of roller coasters, if you could pick one to ride for the rest of your life which would you choose?
That’s such a hard question! I think I’d have to say Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Paris as it’s the perfect combination of theming, story and thrill.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Georgia for taking the time to answer our questions and wish the best of luck for Preludes!
For more information from Georgia you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram or head to the official Southwark website to book Preludes tickets.