Harry F Brown plays Toby in Lockwood Productions and Fools & Kings production of The Green Fairy, which is written and directed by Jack Sain.
An ode to queer parenting and overcoming anxiety, The Green Fairy is a pub musical following one woman’s struggle to take back control of her own life before it’s too late.
The Green Fairy opens at the Union Theatre on 4 November, with previews from 30 October, and runs until 23 November.
You’re appearing in The Green Fairy at The Union Theatre, what can you tell us about it?
The Green Fairy is a brand new musical with an original story about a woman, Jo, who struggles with alcoholism and is trying to reconnect with her daughter. The Green Fairy takes Jo on a journey through her past as they explore her relationships with friends, lovers and family.
How would you describe your character?
Toby is Jo’s childhood best friend, a cheeky charmer who is loyal and always seems to put a positive spin on difficult situations.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you as a performer in bringing this character to the stage?
We see Toby as a young adult in the late 90s / early naughties, but we also see him 20 years later when he owns the pub ‘The Green Fairy’. It was a challenge to try and adapt my voice and physical aspects to show the difference in age and time.
What has impressed you most about Jack Sain and Stephen Libby’s writing?
It’s been great to be in the process of watching their music adapt as the rehearsals have gone on. Watching them witness their music coming to life for the first time was a special moment for each song. Their songs are instantly likeable and so much fun to play and sing, but I think the most important aspect to the show is how relatable they are.
How have you and the cast been getting to know each other in rehearsals?
We’re a tight unit of just 6 cast members and so we’ve come together like a little family which is nice. What’s also nice is that we’re all playing instruments of some sort throughout the show, so we’re like a 6 piece band which has rocketed our chemistry as a cast.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see The Green Fairy?
Don’t make the mistake of missing out, it’s a brand new original British musical with a great score that’s never been heard before!
And who doesn’t love fairies!?!
Main Image: Harry F Brown c. Jack Sain