Leon Scott appears in Striking 12 the hit Off-Broadway musical from Tony Award-winning Rachel Sheinkin and musical duo Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda. Directed by Oliver Kaderbhai, it is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl, Striking 12 will open at the Union Theatre on 3 December, with previews from 28 November and runs until 23 December.

You’re appearing in Striking 12 at the Union Theatre, what can you tell us about it?

It’s a pop musical inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Match Girl, that tells a modern tale about overcoming loneliness at a time of year where it is expected that we are all surrounded by loved ones. It’s clever, moving and uplifting, with some awesome music.

How would you describe the role you play?

I’m one of three narrators who help navigate our main character, Brendan, through his story. Brendan is an overworked New Yorker who is feeling pretty lost at the start of the show, but a chance encounter with a light bulb seller sets in motion a story that changes his perspective on the world. We guide him through that journey… all whilst playing the drums!

What do you like most about the music in Striking 12?

The music had me hooked immediately – it’s eclectic, pop, rock, jazz, but it also perfectly suits our story. There are moments of great fun in the music, which is balanced by some beautiful emotional motions. I can’t wait for a London audience to hear this music, more people should know about it – and the cast is brilliant, Declan Bennett and Bronté Barbé have incredible voices.

How have you been getting to know the rest of the cast?

We have a very fast rehearsal process, so we’ve bonded by jumping straight into the show. There’s a lot of physical work in the choreography, so there’s no time for being strangers!  We’ve also enjoyed eating lunch together at the Thai restaurant round the corner. It’s a great team, and it’s going to be really fun spending the festive period with them.

What makes Striking 12 perfect for the Festive season?

I think it’s a story that a lot of us can relate to in this modern age, a story of personal discovery. Nothing too saccharine, set to clever music – it’s something a bit different and more interesting than a standard Christmas show. And the Union Theatre has a really cosy atmosphere to enjoy.

What would you say to anyone thinking about coming to see Striking 12?

Don’t think about it – DO IT!

Greg is an award-winning writer with a huge passion for theatre. He has appeared on stage, as well as having directed several plays in his native Scotland. Greg is the founder and editor of Theatre Weekly


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