New role is a dream come true for Kylie

DREAM COME TRUE ... South Shields actress Kylie Ann Ford is appearing in Cyrano de Bergerac at Northern Stage, in Newcastle. Picture by Topher McGrillis.
DREAM COME TRUE ... South Shields actress Kylie Ann Ford is appearing in Cyrano de Bergerac at Northern Stage, in Newcastle. Picture by Topher McGrillis.

AN actress says her upcoming performance at a Tyneside theatre will be a “dream come true”.

Kylie Ann Ford, of South Shields, is looking forward to appearing in Cyrano de Bergerac at Northern Stage, in Newcastle.

The 27-year-old has been taking part in North 15, a 21-week intensive actor training programme at the theatre.

The show, which runs from Wednesday, April 29 to Saturday, May 16, is the culmination of the annual scheme.

Kylie, who recently appeared in the Customs House pantomime as one of the Three Little Pigs, had to apply for a position on the training programme and get through two auditions before landing the spot.

She said: “We’ve done seven weeks of training and then five weeks of rehearsals running up to the final show.

Getting to perform on the main stage is going to be amazing – it’s a dream come true.

Kylie Ann Ford

“It’s been amazing. It’s been so eye-opening and inspirational, and an incredible experience.

“The show is being put on by Northern Stage and everyone on the training programme gets to be the ensemble in the show and I’ll be playing multiple roles.

“Getting to perform on the main stage is going to be amazing – it’s a dream come true.”

Cyrano de Bergerac is based on the translation by Anthony Burgess of the play written by Edmond Rostand.

It tells the story of poet and incurable romantic, Cyrano de Bergerac.

He is blessed with being brilliant at everything and cursed by having the biggest nose in all of France.

Cyrano is hopelessly in love with Roxane, his equal in wit but every bit as beautiful as he is ugly. Afraid of confessing his love, he becomes a protector and confidante.

Christian, catches Roxane’s eye and Cyrano sets about using his unequalled skill as a poet to write ravishing love letters between the two.

The show will also be visiting the Royal and Derngate theatre, in Northampton, from Friday, April 3 to Saturday, April 25.

Kylie added: “The rehearsals are going great. I’m used to only having one week of rehearsals, so five felt like a long time but it’s gone by so quickly, and we’ve really been able to explore what the play is about rather than just learning our lines.

“I’m so excited to perform at Northern Stage and in Northampton because I’ve never been to that theatre before.

“Working with Northern Stage has just been an absolute privilege and an amazing opportunity.

“I feel honoured to be working with the theatre and the other actors that are involved.”

Tickets to see it at Newcastle cost from £14.50. To book, go to www.northernstage.co.uk or call the box office on 230 5151.

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