Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

CATS the Way to Do It; Theatre-Goers Get Chance to Transform Themselves like Musical's Stars

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

CATS the Way to Do It; Theatre-Goers Get Chance to Transform Themselves like Musical's Stars

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Byline: By GORDON BARR Entertainment Editor

THEY'RE feline groovy - and packing them in at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

The cast of hit musical Cats are enjoying a three-week run in the city and encouraging the audience to get involved too.

For not only can you enjoy the songs and dances on the stage, in the theatre foyer you can become a cat too.

Pam Dixon takes just a couple of minutes to transform us humans into felines with her FunforFaces company.

For the cast, though, the transformation takes a good deal longer.

"I usually take about 30 to 40 minutes to put on my make-up," says Lauren Brooke, who plays Cassandra in the show.

"If I'm late, I can do it a bit quicker.

"It all becomes second nature, and when my costume is on, then the cat character becomes complete."

There's an irony in Lauren starring in Cats - she is actually allergic to the creatures in real life.

"Cassandra likes to think she's a bit of a cut above the others," she smiles. …

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