Adam Floyd, who, as a swing and skatecoach in the German-language version of Starlight Express in Bochum is clearly a bit of a whizz on his skates, took some time away from the stage to talk to us about dancing, skating, and his ideal day off…
Role in the Show:
Skatecoach, Cover Caboose, Swing Flat Top, Hip Hopper, Engines, Components
How long have you been in the show in Bochum?
This is my 4th year.
Have you appeared in Starlight Express anywhere else in the world? If so, where?
Yes. I’ve appeared in London (Apollo Theatre) and in the UK Tour.
Had you seen Starlight Express before appearing in the show?
No. I’ve seen after I signed my contract.
What do you think of the show?
It’s fantastic! I haven’t done another show like it.
How does playing in Bochum differ to playing the show elsewhere in the world?
The set is a lot bigger – and that’s why it’s so much more skating.
What is it like playing in the specially-built Starlighthalle?
It is great because the theatre is built around the set so it could be exactly what they wanted.
What are the Bochum audiences like?
They are great. They always seem to enjoy it. Even if they have seen it more than once.
As a non-German speaker, what is it like performing the show in German?
It was hard at first, learning all the phonetics, but now I understand what I am singing. So I can put more into it.
How far does the skating element of the show make Starlight Express different from performing in other musical theatre productions?
There isn’t really any show like it. The skating makes the show so fast that it will always be different.
Did you know how to skate before you appeared in Starlight?
Yes I did – only forewards though.
Did you take part in skate school? How was it – do you have any interesting stories?
Yes, in London I took part in skate school. It was very hard work but fun too and of course I have stories, but I would need another paper for that!
What are you like on your roller skates now?
I’m very comfortable. I have been on skates for 15 years now.
Have you experienced any skating-related injuries?
Many! Some small ones like bumps and bruises. The worst was when I tore my rotator cuff in my shoulder.
How do you get about offstage during the show – do you keep your skates on?
Yes I do! It’s much faster to get around.
Have you any disasters onstage – skating-related or otherwise?
Yes, a few. My worst one I think was when I went into a barrier at full speed. It hurt, but I kept going.
What is your favourite song of the show?
“Du allein”. Although that’s not in the show anymore.
What is your favourite part of the show?
“Rolling Stock” – one of the best openings of any show.
What do you like most and least about performing this role?
I like it to be a swing. You get to do lots of different parts. I don’t like it when I have to go home and climb up a lot of stairs!
Are there any other roles in the show that you would like to play?
Electra + Greaseball
Was appearing in the show a personal ambition for you?
To be honest, I hadn’t seen the show before I got the job.
What inspired you to pursue a career in musical theatre?
It was partly my sister, she was a dancer too. Also my dance teacher said I was a good dancer.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My family has been the biggest influence. They have always supported me, no matter what.
What would your dream role be?
Anything in an action film.
Do you miss anything about home when you are performing in Bochum?
I miss my family and friends. I’m a real family man.
Are the cast in Bochum very close?
Yes, I think so. I guess when you are in a foreign country, you spend time with English speaking people.
How would you spend your perfect day off?
Cooking and eating a big meal with friends and watching TV/movies!
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