I’LL BE IN MY TRAILER! – Shane Richie
You first played Hugo/Loco Channelle in 2019 and returned to the role in the West End before the tour. What first hooked you in about the role? “I’d just come out of EastEnders and I was kind of happy just to have a break because I knew I was going to be busy from April/May onwards, but then Nica [Burns, the show’s producer] got in touch with my manager and asked: ‘We’d love to speak to you and Shane about the possibility of him joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, there’s a part he’s perfect for.’ I’d heard a couple of tracks from it and I really liked them – but when you’re in EastEnders you’re in a bit of a bubble so I hadn’t had the time to go. So I went to see it with Phil Dale [Shane’s manager] and was like, ‘Oh, my God! I just love this show!’ They said, ‘We’d like you to play a Sheffield drag queen,’ and because it was so different to the next character I was lined up to play on stage [Archie Rice in The Entertainer] I thought, ‘I need to do this’. I was in panto at the time so I didn’t get as much rehearsal time as I thought I would. It was seven weeks, then BAM! me and Layton [Williams, who plays Jamie] both started at the same time.”
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