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Interview with Mark Moraghan 2010

Actor, singer and celebrity chef: Mark Moraghan climbs aboard the bus and talks to Chris High about his excitement at being in the new Liverpool Royal Court production of Willy Russell’s Our Day Out – The Musical.

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Willy Russell’s Our Day Out – The Musical has returned to the stage of The Royal Court, Liverpool, and promises to be even bigger, brighter and more energetic than last year’s sell out production. 

With brand new dance routines and staging, the show also boasts a brand new adult cast including Brookside, Holby City and Celebrity Master Chef finalist of 2008 Mark Moraghan, who takes over the role of hard-line school teacher Mr. Briggs from Andrew Schofield.

‘Because I was working in London I didn’t actually see the show when it was here last year but I heard nothing but good things about it,’ Mark explained.  ‘When I knew I wasn’t going to get to see it I was really disappointed, not least because both Drew and Michael (Starke) were in it, two actors I both admire and respect immensely.

‘Of those people I knew who had seen the show, every single one of them told me that if the chance came along I should get involved and, fortunately for me, that’s what happened.  As it goes, now that I am involved, I’m quite pleased I didn’t see the first production as it gives me a chance to build my own character and put my own stamp on it.’

For those who don’t know, Mrs. Kay’s Progress Class are all on board the bus and bound for Alton Towers until Mr. Briggs gets himself involved and tries to turn what starts out as a day the kids are looking forward to so much, into something else entirely.

With a cast that also includes Pauline Daniels and Stephen Fletcher, the show also gives some of Liverpool’s finest young acting, singing and dancing talent a chance to shine. ‘Working with the kids has been fantastic,’ Mark said. ‘A lot of them were in the show last year, which has helped us new comers out as they already know the ropes. There’s a lot of talent coming through in this city and this show is a sort of showcase as to what’s actually out there in many ways, and the energy and enthusiasm the youngsters have is just incredible.’

Our Day Out The MusicalAnd those who saw Our Day Out – The Musical last year shouldn’t be expecting more of the same this. ‘The whole thing has got bigger, the set is completely different, some of the gags have changed and the whole thing has been made a whole lot tighter. It’s a great show to be involved in and I’m loving every minute of it.’

Mark has fond memories of his own school days out.  ‘I remember going to Colomendy Camp in North Wales quite a lot and it was great to be out in the countryside, walking and just having such a good time.  I can also remember having to gather leaves, for some reason.  I’m not saying we were little angels or anything – the little wooden tuck shop used to get raided more than once after hours – but we always had great fun there.’

As if he wasn’t busy enough, in 2009 Mark released his debut album Moonlight’s Back In Style, a collection of songs written by Radio and TV Presenter Nicky Campbell, and received a more than favourable response from critics and fans alike. ‘The whole experience of doing the album was tremendous. So good, in fact, we’re in the process of doing another. Nicky’s been away with Five Live at the World Cup in the summer and I’ve been acting, so time’s been a bit limited, but we’ve got seven or eight new songs written and we’ll need about a dozen or so to work with in total, so as soon as they are, hopefully we’ll be back in the studio.’

After Our Day Out – The Musical completes its current run, Mark will remain busy in the city until the end of the year. ‘I’ve got a couple of events coming up where I’m presenting awards and then I’m taking a week’s holiday in Majorca before coming back and starting rehearsals for my part in The Liverpool Empire’s pantomime, Aladdin.

‘The show will star my old mate Les Dennis as Wishy Washy and, also, Pamela Anderson as the Genie of the Lamp. I’m playing the bad guy, Abanazar, which will be great fun, and I’m sure the whole thing will be a great craic to be involved with.’

Our Day Out – The Musical by Willy Russell starring Mark Moraghan, Pauline Daniels  and Stephen Fletcher. Friday 27 August - Saturday 9 October at 7:30 pm. Matinee performances Wednesdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm.

For tickets and information, log onto: http://www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk or call 0870 787 1866. Prices range from £10.00 to £33.50 and If you are bringing a large group, every tenth ticket is free.

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