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During her time as Pandora Braithwaite in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, Molly May Gibson performed at this year’s West End Live and appeared on BUILD with other cast members, before the show closed at Ambassadors Theatre last month. Molly May has been in the cast of other stage shows including Gypsy and as Duffy in Annie, and had the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in Magic at the Musicals. Catching up with Molly May, she answers our questions about playing the role of Pandora, the experience at West End Live and working in voiceover.
What were auditions like for your role as Pandora in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole?
The auditions were really fun, but at the same time, I was so nervous because I really didn’t want to mess anything up as I wanted the part so much!
You appeared on BUILD with other cast members, how was this?
The BUILD interview was really cool to do, it’s unlike anything I’ve done before, and we all loved the new experience. It was quite scary doing a live interview because you don’t know what you’re going to be asked or worse, what you are going to say!
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How was it on This Morning when you modelled the school uniform?
This was so much fun, I never thought I’d be modelling on This Morning, it was amazing. Everyone was so lovely and we actually got to keep a few things that we modelled as well, so that was nice.
Adrian Mole performed at West End Live, what was this like?
West End Live was really awesome! We actually did that performance before we had even done our very first show, so it was like a little taster of the show for our families. It’s the best feeling in the world performing in front of such a huge crowd, there’s nothing quite like that buzz!
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How did it feel appearing on stage as Pandora for the first and last time?
The first time I did a show as Pandora it was unreal. All of my friends from school were there, and it was just the best day ever. The last time was so, so sad and I cried. A lot. It was sad leaving such an amazing time in my life.
Whilst appearing in Gypsy, you filmed for the BBC and DVD, what was this like to do?
This was such a cool experience to do. I remember watching the crew setting up for it and seeing all the moving cameras filming from literally every angle to get the best possible outcome. It was great to watch it on TV too and lovely that we have it to keep forever!
How was it being part of the choir for the live shows of Britain’s Got Talent?
This was so, so cool! It was even better because I was performing with my friends and it was so exciting to see all the judges in person.
What was it like appearing as Duffy in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre?
Annie is such a great show, and it was crazy because I joined the cast partway through the run and I remember watching it on its press night! I never thought that only a few months later I would be on that stage as well playing Duffy! I loved being an orphan, it’s every little girl’s dream growing up, it was incredible, and I made some lovely friends.
What’s it like doing a touring show as you did with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
I didn’t actually tour with the show, they cast each set of ensemble sewer kids at each venue, so I was lucky enough to perform at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury for three weeks. I had such fun and got to sing every night with Lee Mead and Carrie Hope Fletcher which was really cool.
How different is it appearing on stage in a theatre show, opposed to events like Magic at the Musicals at the Royal Albert Hall?
It was such an experience to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. I remember how excited we all were to have pictures backstage with some West End legends! It was different to a theatre show as the venue was HUGE!!
What was the NSPCC campaign like to do?
It was very different to anything I’ve ever done before, but I’m glad I was lucky enough to do it! The team put makeup on me to make me look like a neglected/abused child, and this was really different for my parents to see me like that. I am glad I got to be a part of raising awareness for such an important charity and hope the campaign made a difference in some way.
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When did you start training, and how did you get into acting?
I started my training at the age of two or three at Studio Six Dance School in Folkestone. I was involved in local amateur shows, and I just got the bug. I used to sing to anyone who would listen!!
I have a very supportive family and am lucky to receive the training I do.
Do you have a process for learning scripts and what would you say is the most rewarding part of your career?
With scripts, I just keep reading over them so the words get into my brain. The two most rewarding moments for me were when over one hundred of my friends and family came to watch me in Annie one night, and they were chanting at stage door! They caused a roadblock!!
Also, just every time I did a show in Adrian Mole! I just loved being there every day, we were like a family, and I’m beyond grateful that I was part of such a truly amazing show. I will never forget it.
I feel very lucky to have had these amazing opportunities.
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Can you tell us about some of the voiceover work you’ve done?
I really enjoy doing voiceovers, most of the ones I do are English Language tapes, so they are teaching children around the world how to speak English! I recently recorded the title song in a new feature film, and that was fun. I can’t wait for it to be released.
Now your time as Pandora has ended, what are your plans for the next few months?
Catch up on sleep, haha!
I’m going to keep working hard at school, continue with my training and audition for anything that comes my way!
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