Nic Ineson, currently appearing as Espresso and cover Hip Hopper in the German-language production of Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany, takes some time away from his skates to answer a few questions in the latest of our quick Q&A’s with the show’s cast…
How long have you been in the show in Bochum?
I’ve been in Bochum since February 2010, but my opening night was on 3rd June. This is my first appearance in Starlight Express.
Had you seen Starlight Express before appearing in the show?
The first time I saw the show, it was in the London Apollo Victoria Theatre in 1994, and then I saw it in Bochum in 2008.
What do you think of the show?
I like the speed of it, the whole show is great entertainment – it’s amazing.
What is it like playing in the Starlighthalle (the theatre was specially-built to house the long-running Bochum production)?
It’s a challenge every night due to the size of the set!
What are the Bochum audiences like?
The audiences are great! From the wee kids to the grandparents, all experiencing the spectacle that is Starlight Express.
What’s it like performing the show in German, as it isn’t your first language?
Performing the show in German is a challenge and also very rewarding to portrait the story to a German-speaking audience.
How far does the skating element of the show make Starlight Express different from performing in other musical theatre productions?
It’s a unique experience, as it is the only show on wheels and there’s no other show like this in the world.
Did you know how to skate before you appeared in Starlight?
How was skate school – do you have any interesting stories?
Skate school was the most hardest and challenging three months of my career! Lots of blisters and many falls…
What are you like on your roller skates now?
Still very much learning to skate and every week you get stronger and stronger!
Have you experienced any skating-related injuries?
Yes of course, when you’re skating at such high-speed it is inevitable that if you fall there will be some kind of injuries.
What is your favourite song in the show?
In the English version of the show it’s “Next Time You Fall In Love”. Unfortunately that song is not in the German version any more.
What is your favourite part of the show?
What do you like most and least about performing this role?
I like the character of Espresso and the fact that he gets to race. The only downside is the extremely heavy costume, but it’s not that bad.
Are there any other roles in the show that you would like to play?
Yes, I would like playing Electra or any of the components.
Was appearing in the show a personal ambition for you?
Yes, very much so, as it was the first show I saw in the West End.
What inspired you to pursue a career in musical theatre?
I started dancing when I was four years old and it’s pretty much all I’ve ever wanted to do.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
I guess myself. To be successful you really have to want it.
What would your dream role be?
I’ve been lucky enough to perform one of my dream roles – Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats.
Do you miss anything about home when you are performing in Bochum?
My family, my friends, Asda supermarket and my car.
Are the cast in Bochum very close?
Yes they are, it is like a ‘big-small family!’.
How would you spend your perfect day off?
Sleeping, spa-treatments and a glass of red wine.
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