Alice Fearn: What it's really like to defy gravity
Updated: Sep 24, 2019
Alice Fearn has just begun her second year as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, having joined the production as a standby for the role in the 10th anniversary cast in 2016.
I went to meet Alice at the Apollo Victoria theatre in London on the last day of the heatwave. It was so hot in her dressing room she had about five fans on and a couple of air conditioning units. I had to ask her to turn them off so they didn't disrupt the recording. We just about survived (insert melting joke here).
Alice grew up in Cumbria and has appeared in shows such as Into the Woods, Shrek the musical and Annie Get Your Gun.
She told me why she thinks understudies should have their names announced before a performance, and why they should be given more credit by theatre-going audiences.
We also talked all about Wicked - how to maintain eight shows a week singing those songs, how to cope if you have to go on or off midshow, and what it's really like to fly.
You can download the episode wherever you get your podcasts.