08th February 2011
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Part of the perceived glamour of working in a theatre is the excitement of day to day contact with celebrities. But in reality, it’s often the less “famous” that make more of an impact.
Yes, I have stories of Sienna Miller coming back to apologise for not holding a door open for me, or answering the ‘phone to Patrick Stewart - but they’re not encounters that are genuinely exciting to me.
On the other hand, Plenty (currently running at the Crucible Studio) stars Junix Inocian. I’m massively excited. He was my first (The) Engineer!
The strange looks I’ve had everytime I’ve excitedly announced this - to people who really should know better - imply he’s maybe not that well known. “He used to be a plumber?” “The what?”
Ok, the guy in Miss Saigon who runs the Dreamland club. Who sells the bar girls and sings of The American Dream and survives re-education and pirates as he tries to scheme his way to a better life. The guy from the musical that I’ve loved for years and made me drag the wonderfully long suffering @paulyg round Vietnam in 40degree heat and insane humidity (sorry dude). The musical where I first discovered Lea Salonga and that featured Myleene Klass before she joined Heresy. And the first time i saw Miss Saigon, in the summer of 1994, Mr Junix Inocian was The Engineer.
And now he’s in Sheffield. In my theatre.
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