Susan-ann Walker (Funny Girl, Once, Xanadu, Menopause the Musical, Yummy, Subtle) returns to the cabaret stage, with her brand-new show, Not Quite Right, playing at The MC Showroom on the 16th & 17th of November 2019. Heather Bloom spoke to the veteran cabaret artist about her upcoming production.
Can you tell me a little about Not Quite Right?
NOT QUITE RIGHT is a one-woman theatrical cabaret that celebrates eccentricity and folk that proudly strut to the beat of their own drum... myself included! It pays homage to my "beige suburban" childhood, the family characters I thought were "normal" and also celebrates some broader character women that I have observed
How many characters do you play in NQR?
I play 13 characters in the show, some on film.
You say some of these characters are based on real life family members, has anyone recognised themselves in your work?
All the family characters I play are no longer living except my teenage self "Sue Walker" which made it a bit easier!
You’ve been a performer across both stage and screen; do you have a preference for live theatre or screen acting?
Live theatre definitely, particularly cabaret. I looooooove the intimacy and the immediate audience reaction. I'm addicted to laughter, it’s the best ever!
What is it that brings you to perform cabaret and how does cabaret differ from other live performances?
See above. Also, I’m in control, which is both good and bad.
What is the most Not Quite Right thing you’ve ever witnessed?
This story was in my show but it's been cut. I attract NQR people all the time. At my local park with my crazy dogs a lovely lady was chatting to me and a police car did a routine drive by and she said, "Oh well, it was in this park that my ex husband was caught exposing himself", and then continued telling me all about his many shenanigans.
Directed by Theresa Borg, Not Quite Right written and starring Susan-ann Walker and presented by 3 Fates Media, is the ‘must see cabaret’ of 2019, playing at The MC Showroom on the 16th & 17th of November 2019. Tickets and information at www.themcshowroom.com.