Who’s Upstairs: Sarah Tullamore

Sarah Tullamore stars in London-Paris-Roam! on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 March 2017

Home town?
I come from Woodmansterne, a village in Surrey (just south of London) but I’ve been living in Paris for the last 21years so that feels like home now.

Tell us a little more about your show?
It’s a one-woman musical with all original music with the cabaret directness of talking directly to the audience. It’s about taking stock of one’s life, traveling the world, living in (and maybe leaving) Paris and suddenly realising you’re a woman “of a certain age” ! With humour, emotion and sincerity. It’s all about still having hope and excitement about what you can achieve in the future whatever your age and of course being open for that.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Developing this show as much as possible. I also have a separate idea for TV that I’m exploring at the moment.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I would love to perform a bigger production of London-Paris-Roam! with a band or orchestra to be able to show off the full potential of the original music. I would also like to be cast in a new musical in London. My agent and I are working on it!

How did you get into theatre?
I have always loved singing. It’s just part of who I am and I can’t be without it. I think I was born singing ! I realised early on though that just singing with a great voice isn’t enough. It’s the interpretation and the telling of the story that counts, particularly in musical theatre, so I started taking drama and vocal interpretation classes to help me explore all that.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Lady Diana – I’m born on the same day as her and we also have the same rising sign so I’ve always felt some kind of strange connection with her although I never met her. I’d like a chance to cut through the media hype and find out who she really was. Jesus – JUST TO SEE ! Bit of a weird combo though – Lady Diana and Jesus ! I guess it would have to be some kind of mediterranean dish, hopefully more than loaves and fishes…

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
I’ve never been to Cape Town ! So I’m totally excited about discovering as much as I can whilst I’m there. So I will tell you at the end of my trip !

What excites you about theatre?
The fact that you go out there every night and no matter how many times you’ve done it, it’s always the first time ! You can’t take anything for granted so it’s thrilling and nerve-wracking at the same time. And of course the contact with and reception from the audience; their reaction to the story you’re telling them.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Being slightly too impulsive and too perfectionist. Now that I’m older and wiser, I’m able to cut myself a bit more slack ! Although I still always try to do my best in a given situation for myself and for others.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Live theatre and music as much as possible. At the Edinburgh Fringe last year, I was struck by one show called “In Tents and Purposes” written and performed by Alys Metcalf and Roxy Dunn of the Viscera Theatre Co based in London. I have no idea if they have any plans to perform in South Africa but they are talented young performers to watch !