In our latest 'Meet the Company' feature, we're catching up with Oliver Norman, who will be playing Nicely-Nicely Johnson (best pal to gambler Nathan Detroit and singer of 'Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat - what a tune!) in RicNic Hampshire's Guys and Dolls.
How did you hear about/what made you want to get involved with RicNic?
I first saw an advertisement in the Newbury Weekly News.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
It’s for everyone. It’s a timeless classic for the oldies with a fresh young take on it.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The professionalism. How seamless it is for a youth production.
Is it easier to play this character or to be yourself on stage?
In every character I perform there is an element of me in it; yet I find that every time I perform a character a piece of it stays with me.
What’s your favourite song from the show, and why?
'Follow the Fold’ because I don’t have to do anything in it and it gives me free time in rehearsals! But seriously, it would have to be 'Guys and Dolls', because it is nice.
Besides this one, what’s your favourite stage show?
West Side Story.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Music. Guitar, piano, singing. Table tennis.
If you were a song, which one would you be?
‘Chop Suey’ by System of a Down - because I don’t trust in self-righteous suicide...!
Guys and Dolls runs at the Theatre Royal Winchester from 24th - 27th August (inclusive). Don't miss out on this brilliant production - book your tickets today!
RicNic gives young people the chance to create a full-scale production each summer, in a professional theatre, without adult supervision! If you'd like to support RicNic and give other youngsters - like George - the chance to get involved, please consider joining our Friends Scheme.