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I’m not a stalker, honest! But I am a bit of a mega fan of Mamma Mia, so thank you to the lovely Lucy May Barker (who plays Sophie) for letting me nose around her dressing room at Aylesbury Waterside’s production of the mega-hit musical, here until Saturday.

Want to know what the glamorous leading lady of a national touring musical has with her at all times? Perfume? Flowers? Racks of clothes? Er no as it happens, it’s a steam inhaler (below) and a portable medicine bag to stop her getting ill. Rock n roll!

Lucy was lovely actually, and quite the pro, having played Annie in the West End as a kid as well as treading the boards with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She’s also in a real life relationship with her co-star Phillip Ryan who plays Sky. Don’t worry about Amanda Siegfried and Dominic Cooper splitting up Luce, I’m sure you guys are made of sterner stuff!

It’s so interesting looking behind the scenes at these massive productions. This is what it looks like to be on the stage looking out at the auditorium. One of my better photos I think!

And OMG who is this creature of beauty who has just half-inched half the props?

In the suitcase…

Out of the suitcase!

The wardrobe room looks like my bedroom (OK, not quite as bad as my bedroom)

Gimme Gimme Gimme

But you know, it’s not all glitz and glam behind the scenes. Fame costs. And right here is where you start paying…in sweat! Oh hang on, wrong musical. Anyway, look, there’s some serious housework to be done…

Steaming, sewing,  ironing, AND rocking a bang on trend slogan t-shirt. Respect to you wardrobe maven

Hair and make up pit stop back stage

Lovely burly props man rocking a temporary fringe from the wig department

All. Very. Technical.

Alas I didn’t get to try any of the main outfits on. Wardrobe departments are totally paranoid about their props and break into a sweat as soon as you reach out your sweaty paw to touch any garment but in truth the Muddy buttocks would have exploded the teeny tiny flares into a million disco pieces so I had to make do with a photo. Oh well!

The show is only here until Saturday and most tickets have sold though at the time of writing there were a few matinée performances and the odd singles dotted around on the evenings (if you’re uncoupled, invite someone from tinder and find each other across the room). Go see if it you can, we checked it out at the beginning of the week and it’s total wonderful uplifting escapism – just the way we like it.

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