An interview with the new Billy Elliot

By our theatre reporter , Friday 20 January 2012

Alphabet K Kaine Ward, 12, is the latest of 28 Billy Elliot’s that have performed in the West End and 62nd around the world. It took 5 months of auditions to get him here but now he looks like he’s not stopped smiling since his first performance just before Christmas.
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He’s come straight from an afternoon of rehearsals and is very bright eyed and bushy tailed. He laughs at Richard as he pulls up his tutu and attempts ballet in some form and Kaine poses delightfully beside him. 

When we get to the interview he properly considers every question before answering and always holds my gaze with a cheeky grin as he speaks. He obviously loves every minute of being Billy and has taken very much to a world where you have interviews between rehearsals and performances.

You must have had a great experience when your performing arts school joined The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. Were you confident when you went for the Billy Elliot audition soon after, or was it very nerve-wracking for you?

It was really scary there were so many people but each time I got another call back I got more confident.

In the musical, Billy pursues his passion for dance despite the disapproval of his family. How important has the support of your own family been in making your dream a reality?

Really important, they’ve been great – especially my mum she’s driven me around everywhere. 

Has the show been everything you hoped it would be, since making your debut, and do you get much chance to catch up with the other Billys?

Yes, I love it! We (all the Billys) live together!  We live in the same house it’s great, there’s always someone around, we’re like a family and have breakfast together and stuff.

How do you keep up to date with all your school work while you’re training for the show?

Our schools send the work we need to do and our tutors sit with us in the mornings before rehearsals in the afternoon.

Do you still keep in touch with your friends from home?

All the time! They’re coming to see the show soon.

What’s your favourite bit of the show and why would encourage someone to come and see Billy Elliot the Musical (other than because you are in it)?

My favourite bit is the finale, not because it’s over but because you get to have fun and be yourself in that bit.

I’d tell people that Billy Elliot is a musical with so many different bits in it; it’s a musical where you don’t have to like musicals to enjoy it.

A few quick questions:

Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite animal: Monkey
Favourite TV show: Simpsons
Favourite musical (other than Billy Elliot): Wicked
Favourite school subject: Art
What football team do you support? Watford, it’s my home town
If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you be? Somewhere hot!

 


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