The Show People Podcast: Cassie Compton likes to dress as a crow

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In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates is joined by Cassie Compton who talks about growing up in Crouch End, London in a home filled with music, her supportive teachers at school and her early experiences in the West End as a child actor in productions such Whistle Down The Wind and The Secret Garden at the Aldwych Theatre.

She also reveals her extraordinary relationship with fellow musician and mother Terri Christopher and tells us about her rebellious teenage years and how one day her mum handed her an application form for a new TV series called The X Factor, which would lead her to become a finalist, mentored by Sharon Osbourne in front of millions of TV viewers and often over 22,000 people in arena tours.

We explore Cassie’s many theatre and television credits, West End highlights include playing Eponine in Les Miserables, Nessa Rose in Wicked (and playing a character with specific needs), Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing, Jemma in Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory, Kate in Spinach and Lena in Diamond (both at the King’s Head Theatre), Jean in American Psycho (opposite Matt Smith at the Almeida) and her commitment to new writing and the many lessons she’s learned on her journey as an actor and singer.

Dramatic News:
Andrew covers the latest industry headlines, including stories about the National Theatre and London Fashion College’s commitment to BAME wardrobe, hair and make-up specialists, Maisie Williams’ stage debut, a new production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco and a brand new Show People Podcast addendum series called, Show Peep.

The Platform:
Today’s platform is given to Paul Boyd’s most successful piece, Alice – The Musical, based on the famous Lewis Carol story. We play a song from that show called Nothing Here Makes Sense performed by John Davis as the Caterpillar. Alice meets the caterpillar in Wonderful and realises they both have much in common – that nothing here makes sense! Alice – The Musical returns to the Lyric Theatre, Belfast in November 2018 in a new production directed by Paul.

Win two tickets to see Cassie Compton in concert, ‘Celebrating The Greatest Female Singer/Songwriters of All Time’ at The Other Palace as part of the Big Smoke Festival on 8th July 2018 with special guest Conleth Kane, Stephen Webb and Kara Lane.

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Andrew Keates is a multi award-winning director. His West End credits include: As Is (Trafalgar Studios), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre), Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios). Other credits include: Chinglish (Park Theatre), Steve Furst: In Character, Rooms: a rock romance (Finborough Theatre), A Winter’s Tale, The Thing About Men and The Hired Man (Landor Theatre), Bent, Just So (Tabard Theatre).

Andrew was the theatre manager and artistic consultant of the Landor Theatre for over three years. He is the current artistic director of Arion Productions, through which he launched the Show People Podcast in 2017. The free bi-weekly podcast shines a spotlight on the UK performing arts industry and to those dedicated to their craft within it. It's on Twitter at @ShowPeopleUK. In addition, Andrew tweets at @andrewkeates and his personal website is