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Pauline keeping mum in story of a tragic star

YOU may remember her from appearances in Coronation Street and Brookside but these days talented actor Pauline Fleming is more likely to be seen performing on stage than screen.

YOU may remember her from appearances in Coronation Street and Brookside but these days talented actor Pauline Fleming is more likely to be seen performing on stage than screen.

Pauline’s latest role is that of Barbara Cassidy in Over the Rainbow: Eva Cassidy Story, which details the life of the talented singer up until her untimely death.

She plays Eva’s mother, Barbara, who Pauline describes as ‘quite a strong and feisty lady.’

Pauline took time out of her busy rehearsing schedule to have a chat to the Solihull News about her latest role.

“This is a fascinating story,” she tells us.

“Looking into the life of a famous singer is not something you necessarily do but researching Eva’s past has been fascinating.

“Barbara has led quite an interesting life herself, she was actually born and raised in Germany and that is where she met Eva’s father, Hugh.”

Eva Cassidy’s extraordinary talents were tragically not discovered until after her death. But Pauline has assured audiences the play still has an upbeat feel.

She added: “Yes, it is a tear jerker at times as the play also includes Eva’s death. But there are some uplifting and light hearted moments, which helps to keep the balance.”

Pauline has also written her first comedy play and will be touring the UK next year.

“The play is about dating. I’m really excited about it. It is going to be a challenge but hopefully it will be well received by the audience,” she said.

The Eva Cassidy Story is at Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre tonight (Friday) and tomorrow. For tickets call 0121 643 5536.

 

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