Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Something to Beat off the Cold Winter Blues; CHANCE TO MEET THE TEAM

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Something to Beat off the Cold Winter Blues; CHANCE TO MEET THE TEAM

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Byline: Sam Wonfor

I ALWAYS think the beginning of December is a funny time of year.

Yes, you can start having a chocolate for breakfast (or two, depending on the number of advent calendars you've managed to acquire), but at the same time, Christmas still seems such a long way away, unlike the cold weather, which often comes with a side of sogginess - not great if you're still to kick off your Christmas shopping effort.

This year, though, Live Theatre are offering a passion-fuelled antidote to any feelings of miserable chilliness with a world premiere.

Flying Into Daylight is the play and it promises to "take audiences on a journey to Buenos Aires for the evening". Who doesn't want a piece of that in December? But if that's not enough to tempt you, listen to this. The play is based on the inspirational true story of Victoria Fischer who walked out on everything she knew and travelled 12,000 miles to Buenos Aires to learn the Tango. Nice.

It has been written by Emmy award-winning screen writer Ron Hutchinson, who is co-directing with Live's artistic director Max Roberts, it stars Olivier Award-nominated Summer Strallen and Theatre Choice Award winner Jos Vantyler; and the action is underpinned by one of the world's most dramatic dances.

"It's wonderful - it's like been like being on Strictly Come Dancing, but just being able to concentrate on one dance... and you can't get voted off either, so happy days," laughs Summer, who is relishing the chance to marry her dance training with her first major straight acting role as Virginia.

"I'd been doing musicals for a long, long time - more than 12 years," she says of a career which has seen her take roles in West End shows including Top Hat, The Sound of Music and Love Never Dies as well as several UK tours.

"I suppose my ambition to do more acting started when I was working with Ewan McGregor in Guys and Dolls," she says.

"Jenna Russell, Jane Krakowski and Douglas Hodge were all in it too and I was looking at these people who just had such a range of work between them. So, getting this chance has been a long time coming, but I'm so thrilled to have it. …

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