Paula Brett is an actor, musician and broadcaster, currently choreographing and appearing in Comeback! The Musical, which opens at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in May. She also delivers travel bulletins for LBC, Smooth and BBC local stations.
4.10am My alarm goes off.
6am I start my shift in the Travel Centre. We provide up to 12 bulletins an hour and also send travel scripts to other stations. This is great practice for voice work – and timing.
10am I leave for rehearsals. During the journey I listen to harmonies, check lines to get my brain out of radio mode, and get something to eat.
10.45am I arrive at the space and warm up. I check in with the cast and see if there is anything they’d like to go over – as I’m appearing in the show I need to go over the routines for myself too.
12.30pm We break for lunch, and I liaise with the director and musical director to make sure anything that needs work is being covered.
3pm We finish rehearsals, and I head over to our MD’s studio to do some work on the Comeback! cast recording.
6pm I head home, and go over any new harmonies or choreography. I get a couple of hours’ practice on the clarinet or work on audition songs and monologues. I pack my bag and make my meals for the following day to avoid forgetting anything.
9pm Into bed, ready for another early call – if I’m not in a show, I’ll see some theatre at the weekends.
Job title: Actor/broadcaster/musician
Training: London School of Musical Theatre
Experience: Carla Pepperbloom in Comic Potential for Enigma Theatre, Cook/Peasant Woman in The Caucasian Chalk Circle for Lazarus Theatre, Clown in The Godling for Defiant Reality
Paula Brett was talking to John Byrne