Theatr Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey made an unexpected stage appearance when she took over a leading role in the theatre’s pantomime following a cast injury.
Harvey was called in to play the role of Alice in Theatr Clwyd’s rock’n’roll panto Dick Whittington after actor Emmy Stonelake twisted her knee five minutes into the performance on January 2 and was unable to carry on.
Harvey, who was at home with her children at the time, was drafted in as a last-minute replacement and the show continued following a 25-minute break.
“It’s something that every artistic director is prepared to do, but I never expected I’d actually have to do it,” she said.
She added: “We’re lucky to have an incredibly talented team at Clwyd, both on stage and behind the scenes – from our brilliant dame Phylip Harries, who ribbed me mercilessly and brought an extra level of hilarity to the show, right through to our team of dressers who dug out emergency costumes at two minutes’ notice – it was a great team effort.”
Harries added: “There’s a bit of added pressure when the artistic director takes to the stage, particularly playing my [character’s] son’s love interest, but Tamara acquitted herself admirably and got a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of the show.”
Last year, National Theatre director Rufus Norris stepped into the cast of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling – directed by Harvey – when one of its actors was taken ill.