My first professional job as a child was playing Little Cosette in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre and as an adult it was playing Eponine.
My memories of that show as a child are of the incredible people. It was nice to see many of the same team when I went back to the show as Eponine at the Queen’s Theatre for its 21st year in the West End. When I signed with my then agent, he asked me what roles I wanted to play. I answered “Eponine in Les Mis, and Scaramouche in We Will Rock You”. It’s crazy to look back and remember that my first two jobs were playing those roles. I’ll always be grateful for that, and thankful there are photos to prove it, otherwise I wouldn’t believe it.
Auditions are always nerve-racking, there’s no escaping that. You’re either nervous, or you are acting like you’re not. In the Les Mis process I remember Trevor Nunn putting his big coat on me as I came into the room for my third or fourth round. I had to sing the song while drowning in it. If you prepare yourself as much as possible and make sure you’ve spent enough time on the material, you may suffer with nerves but you’ll give yourself the best chance of walking out with no regrets.
I’ve learned to be a lot more controlled in the work I do now as opposed to being overwhelmed by it all. I now allow the journey to become something I can appreciate and learn from, as opposed to focusing only on the destination. In this business, there is no ladder, it is more of a trampoline. You get on, you jump up and you come back down again. However, the more you jump, the stronger you get. Know your strengths and build on those: work on your sound, the unique take you have of approaching a character/role, the feeling you have when you learn a piece of choreography. Don’t lose your identity, because no one can do you better than you.
Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School
Theatre includes: Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre (circa 1993), Palace Theatre (2006-07); We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre (2007-11); Rent, The Cockpit (2012); Chess, London Coliseum (2018); Brooklyn the Musical, Greenwich Theatre (2019)
Other credits: Eponine in Les Misérables 21st-anniversary broadcast (BBC Radio); guest entertainer and solo concerts for cruise lines
Agent: Niki Winterson at Winterson’s
Sabrina Aloueche is performing her solo show at Soho’s Boulevard Theatre on February 27 and will be in Cases at the Other Palace Theatre from April. She was talking to John Byrne