It was a special moment to see Sophie Evans and Alice Fearn perform their final matinee as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
It’s a moment I want to start this blog with because the first time I saw Glinda, played by Gina Beck, and the first time I saw Sophie, competing in BBC’s Over the Rainbow, I didn’t think I could do that. I believed I needed someone to tell me I was “good enough” to seek a performance career.
The last time I saw Wicked in the West End, I had a lovely chat with a drama school student. He said to me that if I love to sing, why was I not auditioning for Dear Evan Hansen? I explained that I was seeking 3 years’ training first; being accepted into West End MT had given me the permission I was hoping for to seek a performance career. I gave drama school auditions my all and The Hammond offered me a place which I am ecstatic to be taking up this September.
So what made this visit to Wicked especially special? I realised that the message I had been listening to was wrong. Only I could permit myself to seek a performance career. Like any job, working in acting depends on time, circumstance and opportunity. But performing? No one else can, should or will tell me whether I can or can’t do that. So looking up at the departing cast of Wicked The Musical, I thought of performing in the charity concert that was taking place the very next day. And I thought, that’ll do for now.
Speaking of the concert, I have a lot of lovely people to thank -
Lizzi, Ella, Maya, Mary, Thomas, David, Mum, Dad, our rafflers, and everyone who came, thank you for making possible what has been building in my head for a LONG time - Guess that's why I call myself a creative!
Thank you for reading this blog. I hope you enjoyed or at least took something positive from it. I like it because it helps to remind me that I am a writer. performer . creative. Not when I graduate. Not when I get paid. And certainly not when someone else says so. Lots of love, love from Ruth ❤️