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Lara Bianca Pilcher talks us through her journey from Australia to singing I DO! I DO! at Riverside Studios!

Lara Bianca Pilcher was born in Australia and had a successful career in show business before re-locating to London to further pursue the world of West End Musical Theatre. In London, she studied her Masters in Musical Theatre at Arts Educational School and as a professional actress, singer and dancer has performed and been involved in many off-West End musicals including: ‘Something’s Got The Elephant’, ‘Curtains’, ‘In Touch’ and 'Pirates Of Penzance' as a leading lady. Lara is also a producer and works internationally on shows, her latest being I DO! I DO! For Riverside Studios this December 5th,6th & 7th 2012.

What first attracted you to the theatre?
My mother dreamed of being a dancer and performer and sadly was placed into an orphanage and never had the chances that she has given me. My mum placed me into ballet classes and, for a season, used to come with me and learn alongside me. I never questioned it and really treasure these experiences we had together. I seemed to love it and excel so my parents continued to send me to auditions and place me into specialist arts schools that trained me in many performing styles and this has continued to evolve until the present day. Growing up in a smaller city in Australia, I didn't see a lot of shows but always enjoyed the process of creating and being around artists. I grew up in youth dance companies and doing amateur theatre in my spare time and knew I couldn't do anything else with my life but the performing arts if I was to be truly fulfilled in my career.

If you could pick any one person or theatre company to work with on your next project, who/which would it be?
I would love to work for Andrew Lloyd Webber on one of his classics, I find him and the risks he has taken in life inspirational. Many creatives take risks and not all of them land on their feet! It takes a lot of courage to make it in this industry and he is truly inspirational. He (along with others he partnered with), has also put London’s West End on the international map and particularly in the 1980s onwards allowed London and British Theatre to have a voice that was different to Broadway but so incredibly needed.

What is your opinion of Off West End theatre, in general?
Everything really does start Off West End and, as a producer of musical theatre and a performer, I have seen a lot of the theatres and some are not places I would want to perform in and some are stunning like Riverside Studios where my next show is I DO! I DO! A Musical About Marriage. Either way, there are never enough jobs to go around on the West End and many talented creatives find themselves on the buzzing Off West End circuit and using their gifts rather than drying out and I think that is very valuable.

What was the most inspiring performance you have ever seen? Why?
I have seen a lot of shows and more in the last three and a half years, since moving to London, than probably all the years previously! I loved many but ‘Matilda’ on the West End exceeded my expectations, it has everything a great show needs in its production and the children are so talented and at such a high level of all round skill. It’s family friendly, (which is becoming rarer), meaningful and also comic.

What piece of work are you the most proud of?
Definitely the show I am producing currently with my husband Andrew Pilcher, as well as co- starring in alongside Tim Prottey-Jones from ITVs Superstar. I DO! I DO! A Musical About Marriage, is a full length Broadway musical and the first one to appear on Broadway with only two actors. It’s a beautiful piece, a little gem of a musical that is not as well know as it should be! It’s a challenge, as I don’t leave the stage for the whole show and have a lot of lines and songs. The creative team on this show is phenomenal, Matthew Gould is directing and the list includes a theatre designer freshly off the Olympic creative design team and a graduate from Oxford. We are all collaborating beautifully and I love it when shows are like that.

What things in your personal life do you draw from when you perform?
As rare as these kinds of statements are, my marriage is a huge inspiration as it is such a gift in my life to have a healthy relationship with my husband and he is my best friend and lover. Many roles are about love. My past was full of relational struggles both pain and joy and that makes the present joys so much richer. I also draw from my family experiences growing up, hindsight is a great gift and I use it a lot in my performing.

Who is the best actor/actress performing on Off West End today?
I do love watching my co-star right now, Tim Prottey-Jones, he is a great vocalist and actor and great fun to work with. He’s just finished the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour as well as his on-going involvement in many other fantastic projects. This is London and there are numerous ‘best performers’ in my opinion. A truly talented and densely creative area of the world. If I were an American, I would definitely be saying myself here! I love their culture that says to say these things about yourself and to speak these things out until you believe them, the dream! However, I live in Britain and we don’t talk like that here.

Musical, comedy or drama- what’s your preference to watch?
I love both but life often doesn't have enough really deep belly laughs and anyone that knows me knows I like to laugh! Friends are often characterising me by my rather loud and distinctive laugh.

Can you tell our readers about what you’re doing now/next?
I Do! I Do! A Musical About Marriage. Directed by Matthew Gould, Starring Tim Prottey-Jones from ITVs Superstar finalists and Lara Bianca Pilcher. It’s a Riverside Studios December 5th,6th,7th 2012 and shows are 3.00pm and 7.15pm.

This little gem of a story was the first two-person musical ever performed on Broadway, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the creative duo behind The Fantasticks and 110 in the Shade. I Do! I Do! is an intimate and romantic musical about marriage. We are invited into the bedroom of newlyweds Michael and Agnes who anticipate a wonderful blissful life ... 'Together Forever' as one of the early duets they sing would have us believe. As many of us know, reality sets in as the young couple struggle to maintain their happiness, passion, devotion and even a sense of humour through all the joys, pains, trials and tribulations that they share in their fifty years of marriage. The best way to describe this story is through the titles of the songs. I Love My Wife, Something Has Happened, Love Isn't Everything, Flaming Agnes, The Honeymoon is Over, My Cup Runneth Over, When the Kids Get Married, What is A Woman?, Some One Needs Me, Roll Up the Ribbons and This House.

If you would like to come, booking is here; http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1345217481

Email info@idoidothemusical.com






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