Find out what Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac had to say about the five-star musical adaptation of the hit film, Amelie.
What can you tell us about the show?
Danny Mac: It’s a show with a very simple meaning that I think we can all relate to. It’s about how we connect with people and the way in which we do so, which can affect all of us. You see that happen through one young lady’s eyes. Seeing how she affects all the people around her is absolutely incredible.
Audrey Brisson: It is such a fabulous story, and I love the film it’s based on. Amelie is a fascinating character. Her imagination. Her reluctance to give up. She grows up thinking she can’t connect with anyone and that she’ll always be alone, yet she’s got this positivity within her. I love her positivity, her perseverance and her way of seeing a situation that’s potentially very dark and then bringing some colours into it. I think that’s something I need to hold on to.
Danny, you’re playing Nino, what’s he like?
DM: He’s an extraordinary character. He’s such an introvert. He’s similar to me in so many ways. He’s a man of few words and he’s constantly figuring everything out, but when he asks questions he’s so poetic, so metaphorical. I find him fascinating.
The film won awards and is loved by so many people. What does adding music and putting the show on stage bring to the story?
DM: This show’s alive. It’s pulsing.
AB: It’s the connection. You can sit on your sofa and watch the film, and you’ll still be able to enjoy the beauty and be moved by it, but when you come to the show you have real people singing for you, looking at you, talking to the audience. We invite you into the story. I think it’s great to remind people that we are, as humans, all in this together. No matter how lonely you might feel, you’ve got someone next to you listening to that same story. When you’re in an auditorium of people who will all experience the story differently because they have their own journeys, you’ve got a room filled with different interpretations of what it is to be human. I think that’s quite potent and wonderful.
DM: That’s what I love about the theatre; that auditorium is a space for everyone to have a connection and to have their own feelings about the story they’re seeing and the people performing it. That’s why I still have a passion for it, because it’s terrifying, it’s scary, but it has that open mind and open heart.
Are you excited to be touring the show?
DM: I think it’s one of the most important and exciting things you can ever do, because you’re taking a story that you’ve grown to love, and that you are passionate about, out on the road to share it with people. It’s one of the oldest forms of entertainment, to tell a story, and the silence when you do that in a theatre is magical. It’s so energized.
Finally, what can audiences expect from a trip to see Amelie?
AB: Michael Fentiman, the director, has done a wonderful job of bringing the magical aspect of the film to the stage. There’s this wonderful moment in the movie where Amelie melts and turns into a puddle of water. We can’t do that on stage, but it feels as though we’ve got that same enchanting feeling.
DM: Audiences can expect a beautiful story told in the most magical of ways with a company of some of the most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. It’s a sheer joyous experience from beginning to end.
To see Danny Mac and Audrey Brisson LIVE, come along to see Amelie The Musical at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, from 1st – 6th July.