Interview With…Christina Bennington

Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to the actress about playing Raven in Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre. 

(c)Joseph Sinclair.

Hi Christina, thanks so much for talking to me. What are you loving the most about being a part of Bat Out of Hell? Oh it’s a complete dream come true to be leading this huge West End show. I’ve always wanted to originate a role and this one is a complete gift.

How would you describe Raven? What do you like the most about playing her? We meet Raven on the eve of her 18th birthday. She is smart and yet naïve, strong and vulnerable, moody and dark but full of light. Like every girl growing up, she’s full of contradictions. What’s been so wonderful about creating Raven is the freedom I’ve been given by our director Jay Scheib to make her real. She is difficult and confused about where she fits in the world, until she meets in Strat a kindred spirit.

Have you a favourite moment in the show? I love ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now’ near the end of the show. It’s an intense scene that shows how far Raven has come. It’s also been an amazing opportunity making this song my own. When a song is so famous it can be daunting but the fan response to my take on it has been incredible.

What would you say makes Bat Out of Hell stand out from other musicals in the West End at the moment? The sheer size of the show is incomparable! The huge set incorporates many crazy technical elements to accommodate our larger than life story. We have live camera feeds, fire, explosions, tricks, motorbikes and even an onstage (albeit static) escalator! The bombastic music and incredible cast make it a very unique experience.

Are there any other characters in the show you would love to play? I’d love to play Strat! I love pushing myself to physical limits so swinging a mic lead around while jumping off motorbikes for the day would be a thrill.

The show has recently introduced sing along performances – how has that added to the experience of the show for you and the rest of the cast? The singalong performances are very magical. The atmosphere is electric. It’s exposing and very personal to sing when you don’t do it every day so it’s emotional hearing everyone let themselves be vulnerable as they join in. I was so overwhelmed in the first one that I had to choke back tears. Our audiences rock!

If there is anyone who is yet to see it – what would you say to convince them to come along? This show has been in the making for over 40 years – come see Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s dream come true. One of the best selling albums of all time has finally reached the stage – where it was originally intended to be!

By Emma Clarendon 

Bat Out of Hell continues to play at the Dominion Theatre until the 5th January 2019. To book tickets visit:

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