Cast Member of the Month: Niamh Bracken

Niamh Bracken, Vicki Manser and Alice Cardy
Photo credit: @alicecmx

After a couple of months focusing on male cast members, it’s about time we celebrated another of our lovely ladies! So, for June, our Cast Member of the Month at @SunnyAftFans is Niamh Bracken.

Niamh has had several stage roles, most recently appearing in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy. She has another West End credit to her name, as part of the ensemble for Grease, at the Piccadilly Theatre, where she also understudied Rizzo, Marty & Miss Lynch. She’s also toured the UK with a couple of productions: Save the last Dance for Me and Legally Blonde (alongside former Joyce, Amy Ross).

St Patrick's Day
Chris Brandon and Niamh Bracken
Photo credit: @sunnyafternoonthemusical

Niamh took over from Carly Anderson as Gwen following October’s cast change. Like all the other girls, this involves a serious amount of work with little acknowledgment – the amount of quick costume changes involved, and choreography to learn, is quite staggering. From appearing in the background during Denmark Street, to mobbing the band (in England and America!), amongst other things.

With the role of Gwen also comes the part of the American diner girl, which is a real highlight; her sense of humour really coming through in the delivery of her lines, to hysterical laughter. And I always enjoy watching her follow Gabriel’s lead towards the end of the finale – I highly recommend you sneak a look (they’re positioned just in front of the drum kit), as Gabriel certainly has some interesting ideas when it comes to choreography…

Dress up
Niamh Bracken, Harriet Bunton and Alice Cardy
Photo credit: @alicecmx

Niamh really is an asset to Sunny Afternoon. Consistently entertaining, and we always look forward to her moments in the show – it wouldn’t be the same without her!

As usual, we will be asking Niamh some questions – so if there’s anything you’d like to know, please feel free to drop us a line! The comments section is available below, or you can tweet or Facebook us in the usual way.

Niamh Bracken, Harriet Bunton and Alice Cardy
Photo credit: @alicecmx

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