Theatre role is music to Shireen’s ears

STAGE STAR ... Shireen Hamlani is ready to face the music again.
STAGE STAR ... Shireen Hamlani is ready to face the music again.

A SOUTH Tyneside nurse is back in theatre after landing a stage role which is music to her ears.

Shireen Hamlani, a specialist sexual health nurse, has mixed call-outs with curtain calls for years.

Now Ms Hamlani, of South Shields, is showing her theatrical career remains in good health after winning top billing in The Sound of Music.

Eight years after playing Maria von Trapp in the 1959 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical, she will be trying her hand at depicting her love rival, Baroness Elsa Schraeder.

The production, telling the story of the Trapp family and their flight to safety from the Nazis across Austria’s mountains, takes centre stage at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, from Tuesday, August 27, until Saturday, August 31.

Ms Hamlani said: “Eight years ago, I played Maria. This is a very different role, but it is a nice one, and there are a couple of singing numbers. It is always great to play at the Theatre Royal.

“I work as a specialist sexual health nurse, covering Gateshead and South Tyneside. I’ve never found it a problem combining the two. Rehearsals are usually at night after work.”

She will be joined on stage by her partner Bob Gale, as he also has a role in the play.

Tickets for the show, staged by Newcastle upon Tyne Musical Theatre Company, are available for £9 by calling 08448 112121.