After great success on Britain’s Got Talent this year, Kieran and Sarah take the plunge into panto at Worthing this Christmas.
Partners in real life, Kieran Sutcliffe will be Genie of the Lamp while Sarah Jameson will be the Slave of the Ring in Aladdin at the Connaught Theatre from Friday, December 5 to Sunday, January 4.
As Kieran points out, they’d both trained in musical theatre; panto is now their chance to capitalise on their Britain’s Got Talent success which saw them reach the semi-finals.
“Once we came off the show, we had a few people approach us, and we were looking to do panto. I just love panto. My uncle used to do panto, and we would go to watch him in various pantos when I was young, and it was great. And then I worked in the theatre as a panto usher. I just wanted to do it. It is great seeing the kids, just great fun, and the atmosphere is electric.”
And in a way, the pressure is off. You can mess up a line and get an even greater laugh than the line would have got: “Compared to doing Britain’s Got Talent, it is going to be much more relaxed.”
The BGT experience was amazing, Kieran recalls: “People say ‘What was Simon Cowell really like?’ and I suppose he puts on a persona. He is Mr Nasty, but in real life he knows who he likes and who is going to make money. It’s a business. He knows what is going to be successful, what will work, and we are really grateful to have made it through to the semi-finals.”
Of course, it was “gutting” to miss out on the finals, but in reality Kieran and Sarah had already achieved all that they had ever dared hope they could achieve.
“When we started, we thought that getting through to the semi-finals would be amazing. We were not bothered about the finals because we knew that so many really talented people were taking part. We thought ‘Let’s just see if we can get through to the semi-finals; that would be enough.’”
The end result was a great boost to confidence.
Behind him is a huge range of stage experience. Kieran trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. While in training, he won the BBC Fame Academy Scholarship for Musical Theatre.
His theatre credits include the Baker in the UK premiere of Hidden Talents (London Theatre), lead tenor in The Opera Boys (European tour and Egypt), Cruella in Cinders, The New Musical (UK tour) Beadle Bamford and cover Sweeney in Sweeney Todd (Curve Theatre), Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Campanille Tower Open Air Theatre) and Marcos in The Gondoliers of Venice.
“I sound like I am a confident person, but when you have been in Britain’s Got Talent or X Factor or something like that, you feel like you can do anything. It’s bigger than being in a West End show. Britain’s Got Talent is the most popular show in the world.”
Sarah and Kieran are keen now to take advantage of the platform it has given them.
“Sarah and I are still going out and doing our cross-over songs show from musical theatre and opera. It’s about getting regular singing lessons and exercising six days a week and making sure that we are fit and ready and keeping an eye on the internet and just building yourself up.”
Plus also getting into the recording show.
By the time they open in panto in Worthing, Kieran and Sarah are hoping they will have their new EP recorded and ready for sale.
Tickets from www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.