Interview with…. Emily Cochrane

The actress is currently appearing in Keith Strachan’s production of The Little Match Girl at the Tabard Theatre. She spoke to Love London Love Culture about the production… 


Hi Emily, thank you so much for talking to Love London Love Culture. How excited are you about the show? 

I am really excited about the show! The Tabard is a lovely theatre and I feel very lucky to be working there.

For those who aren’t particularly familiar with the story how would you describe it? 

The Little Match Girl tells the story of a young, cockney waif who’s dad insists she sells matches and makes money in order to come home. She suffers from malnutrition and the cold. She lights her matches in search for warmth which takes her into dream like states of how her life could be. She sees these dreams through Arthur, a young friendly lad who, apart from her diseased nan, is the only person who is kind towards her.

What makes the show and the story so magical?

As The Little Match Girl dreams about a better life, this is all done through Arthur. He almost clicks his fingers and can make all the magic happen.

Keith Strachan who has written the music for the show is also directing. How has that helped bring both the story and the music to life? 

Keith has been a brilliant director. He knows exactly what he wants. I feel that because he wrote the music, he knows exactly what to do with it and what he wants to portray through song.

What have you enjoyed the most so far about working on The Little Match Girl? 

 The most enjoyable part for me, is working with such an amazing, talented cast. Everybody is so kind and I have learned so much from them.

Have you got a favourite moment or song from the show? 

My favourite song to perform is the Nightmare.

How much did you know about the story before getting involved with the production? 

I knew the story, and I knew I wanted to be part of it.

What would you say is the best reason to come along and see the show? 

Come and see the show because it is an excellent, quirky alternative to a pantomime. The story is also extremely relevant to today’s society and I’m sure you will love it!

The Little Match Girl continues to play at the Tabard Theatre until the 31st December. For more information visit:



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