We chatted to Ruth about making her stage debut in the Hackney Empire’s upcoming production of Mother Goose.

How does it feel to be making your professional stage debut in this production of Mother Goose? It feels incredibly exciting to be making my professional stage debut in this production of Mother Goose.  One of my first on stage experiences was performing in the Hackney Empire 2014 production of Mother Goose as a child through my local dance school, Vestry School of Dance.  So it feels incredibly exciting to be back, but this time as a professional!

What can we expect from this production? You can expect lots of fun, laughs, lots of references we can all relate to, and just a genuine good time. This production of Mother Goose has a great story that we can all learn from. 

What does it mean to be performing at the Hackney Empire? The Hackney Empire is my home theatre, and holds a very special place in my heart.  I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work with The Hackney empire Artist Development Program from 2014-2019.  This has given me some amazing experiences working with some truly incredible people.  So to be back performing on The Hackney Empire stage means absolutely everything to me!

What do you love the most about pantomimes? There are lots of things I love about pantomines, however the one thing I love the most is the inclusivity of Panto. Panto is for absolutely everyone, no matter your background and I think that is why it is such an important part of British theatre.  

Could you tell me a bit more about your character Priscilla the Goose? Pricilla is feisty, funny and will do anything to help the people she loves.  Pricilla goes on a real journey during this production of Mother Goose, she may be shy at first, but she turns into a true hero.  

Was there something in particular that made you want to be part of this production? I love panto, I love Hackney and I love the story of Mother Goose. So when I heard that Hackney was putting on the production this year, I knew that it was something I would love to be a part of. In particular I am incredibly excited to be working alongside and be directed by Clive Rowe as he has been a massive part in my panto journey!   

What are you most looking forward to about performing the show for audiences?  I am most looking forward to sharing the Panto joy and magic with the audience.  I can’t wait to see all the smiles and hear all the laughs.  

By Emma Clarendon

Mother Goose will play at the Hackney Empire from 19 November https://hackneyempire.co.uk/