Parisa Shahmir is presently taking part in the function of Alwyn within the UK and Eire tour of Fisherman’s Pals the musical after additionally being a part of the present in its UK premiere in Cornwall. Her different credit embody Gerda in The Snow Queen, (The Rose Theatre), Layla in We Reside in Cairo (American Repertory Theater), Younger Meg in The Final Ship, (Northern Stage, UK & Eire Tour) and Mamma Mia! (UK Tour, NGM/ Littlestar).
Having not lengthy opened the present, we caught up with Parisa and chatted about all issues Fisherman’s Pals!
Fisherman’s Pals the musical is predicated on a real story and the 2019 hit movie, what was your expertise of the story earlier than auditioning for the present?
I’d truly by no means seen the film earlier than auditioning, however my mother and father had and so they liked it, my dad particularly! I used to be cautious to not inform him concerning the audition till after I’d received the job as a result of I didn’t wish to get his hopes up. Evidently, he was thrilled after I received the half. He performs the shanties within the automotive on a regular basis, Drunken Sailor is his favorite.
Inform us just a little bit concerning the present and your character, Alwyn.
I really like engaged on new writing, so Fisherman’s Pals, being a brand new stage manufacturing, was instantly fascinating to me. I additionally LOVE people music and having a present made up of actor-musicians can also be extremely thrilling and magical. In order that, mixed with the superbly nuanced script I learn upon receiving the audition, it was a no brainer for me actually.
You had been with the present when it did a run in Cornwall final yr, how has the present progressed since that run?
It’s an actual luxurious to have the ability to do a growth run of a present earlier than doing an extended tour like we’re on now, as a result of it offers you the chance, as an organization and inventive workforce, to strive issues onstage and see what works and what doesn’t. So, coming again to it this time, the present has come on leaps and bounds. There are a few new songs and a few nice rewrites to the script and it undoubtedly feels stronger and slicker than ever now.
Our script author Amanda Whittington is a pressure to be reckoned with and she or he writes with such depth and understanding. All of the characters are extremely nuanced and an actual pleasure to play with and discover on stage.
You’re touring with the present by to Spring subsequent yr, are there any venues you’re most trying ahead to?
I’m actually excited to take the present again to Cornwall the place we did our growth run final yr. That was a very superb expertise and the individuals there actually liked and resonated with the songs & the story.
Anyplace by the ocean or open our bodies of water, I’m excited to go to, that’s my glad place! So Newcastle, Cardiff, Brighton and Cornwall are all up there on the listing!
I even have household and buddies within the North so I’m excited to go to venues equivalent to Manchester & Glasgow to get to share the present with them.
You’re additionally heading over to Canada with the present and spending the vacation season in Toronto. What are you most trying ahead to with that?
Weekly touring generally is a little intense generally, so a 7 week sit down in Toronto will probably be pretty. I’ve by no means been to Canada earlier than so I’m actually trying ahead to going. I’m certain a solid journey to Niagara Falls will probably be on the playing cards, however I’ve additionally heard that will probably be -20 levels at finest so I’m planning to purchase some new thermals and a snowsuit of some description in preparation!
You’re no stranger to touring having been a part of the UK tour of Mamma Mia for 2 years, what can be your high suggestions for touring in a present?
E book your digs (lodging) prematurely and make them good! Touring a present may be exhausting and tiring at the perfect of instances, and it makes such a distinction to have a cushty house to return to after the present each night time.
One thing a buddy of mine additionally just lately recommended to me is to tour with your personal pillow with good neck help – sounds foolish however transferring to totally different digs/beds each week may be difficult in your physique and having a pillow that helps you makes the world of distinction if you’ve received 8 reveals every week! Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for house if you want it. Touring may be so enjoyable, and there’s at all times heaps occurring, social occasions, drinks, firm meals and so forth. However if you’re touring with the identical group of individuals for some time in a high-pressure surroundings, tensions are sure to get excessive and frustrations will come up. Be taught to ask for what you want and take time for your self to relaxation, recuperate and decompress – that’s an enormous factor I’ve discovered on this tour thus far and it’s serving me so effectively.
Trying by your CV you’ve been a part of many workshops, with this and the actual fact you’re a part of the unique solid of Fisherman’s Pals, what makes you proceed to work on new items?
I really like being part of a brand new inventive course of. There’s something superb if you work on a brand new piece of writing, the place you’re all collaborating within the room collectively. The author, the director, the actors and so forth. It’s an actual group effort and also you get to deliver a lot of your self and your inventive concepts to the desk. It’s one thing I feel I’ve actually resonated with since I began writing music myself prior to now couple of years. Originating a job in a brand new musical has been a dream of mine, and for it to be this half on this present is actually one thing fairly particular. I’m extremely grateful for the chance.
You’ve solely simply opened the present forward of its UK tour, what has the response been like thus far?
We opened the present in Plymouth and we had been fairly spoiled with our audiences there as, being so near Cornwall the place the play is about, it was acquired so effectively. Nevertheless saying that we’ve simply completed our third efficiency in Birmingham as I’m scripting this and we’ve had standing ovations each night time (in Plymouth and Birmingham) so we’re feeling really spoiled. Having solely ever carried out within the South West with this present, we had been just a little not sure it could be acquired by locations additional north, but when Birmingham is something to go by, we’re doing alright thus far! Will probably be thrilling to proceed to deliver the present to new locations and see what the totally different reactions are!
And eventually, in a single sentence, why ought to individuals come and see Fisherman’s Pals?
That is the texture good story the world wants proper now – stuffed with coronary heart, soul and shanties, it is a night time on the theatre you received’t remorse.