‘Expect the unexpected’: Julie Yammanee makes her Hackney Empire debut in Aladdin

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The actress chatted to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about making her Hackney Empire debut in the 20th-anniversary pantomime at the theatre. 

Thanks so much for talking to me. What can audiences expect from the Hackney Empire’s production of Aladdin?
They can expect the unexpected. Ethnic joy full of comedy and drama, dance routines, the works, a melee of past and present.

How are you feeling about making your Hackney Empire debut?
Very excited! I heard that Hackney has the best pantos in London. The cast is hysterical – I’m having a blast.

What do you love the most about pantomimes?
How involved the audiences get, from the children to the adults. It’s so lovely to experience.

How has it been working with Susie McKenna on the production?
Fantastic. She’s superwoman. Susie is incredibly funny and intelligent and so warm. Everyone adores and respects her so much.

It seems it is going to be extra special given that it is the 20th-anniversary pantomime – can audiences expect plenty of surprises?
I might get fired if I give anything away so you get nothing…I actually don’t know.

If people haven’t booked a ticket yet – why should they come along?
Because you won’t see another panto as brilliant as this. We are having too much of a good time and you will too.

Aladdin will play at the Hackney Empire until 6 January 2019.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.