BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MAD PROPS: Soho Cinders cast spotlight interviews – Millie Tigwell playing Velcro

Tell us about your role.

I have the pleasure of playing the role of Velcro – typically the Buttons character in the pantomime version of Cinderella. Velcro is a single mum and best friend to Robbie, the lead character. Velcro works in the laundrette, dreaming of settling down with someone special and maybe even owning a goldfish.

How are rehearsals going?

Rehearsals have been so much fun and very productive. This is all thanks to our amazing production team and fabulous cast. Everyone involved is lovely and a joy to work with! This is not something you always find with large theatre companies. Due to the small size of Mad Props Theatre and the many social activities they provide, everyone is included and you get to know and spend time with everyone involved.

Do you have a background in performance?

Yes, I’ve been on the stage since the age of 4. I started with my local theatre company, performing in numerous pantomimes and short plays. It wasn’t until my last couple of years of high school that I discovered my love for musical theatre and performed in my first musical – Guys and Dolls. Since then I studied at Glasgow University and performed in many shows with the Cecilian society before joining Mad Props Theatre.

How did you get involved with Mad Props?

In 2016, I joined Mad Props Theatre for their annual Big Fat Musical Quiz and Concert of the Year. It was so much fun and a unique way of performing, I was keen to do more productions with Mad Props. This brought me to audition for their Scottish premier of Carrie the musical and this year become a member of their board. Also, Mad Props Theatre support and donate to Bloodwise – a charity dedicated to leukaemia and lymphoma research, alongside the many events they put on. This was an additional factor that drew me to this amazing company.

Why should people come along to see the show?

This show is nothing like you’ve seen before! The playful twist on your classic Cinderella story is refreshing and modern. It’ll be an extremely fun theatre experience for all, and the catchy numbers will be stuck in your head for days!