Next month, Fayth Ifil will begin touring in the world premiere of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World playing the role of Jade and will run until early 2022. Previously, Fayth has been part of the cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, where she got to perform on Children in Need and at West End Live, and she made her West End debut as Tomika in School of Rock. On screen, Fayth worked on the Fantastic Beasts film and she will be playing the lead role in an unannounced TV series which will be released next year. Fayth received Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer when she was a contestant on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent after her performance of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, and she was asked to perform on the Britain’s Got Talent Christmas Special alongside contestants from previous series. Continuing her training, Fayth attends Stagebox, who she is also represented by for her career. Before heading out on tour, Fayth talked to us about being cast in the world premiere of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World as Jade, her time in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and receiving Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent.
You’ve recently been announced to play Jade in the world premiere of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, how did it feel finding out you’d booked the role?
I felt so over the moon, happy and proud of myself. I’m so excited to play the character of Jade.
What are you looking forward to for starting the tour and how do you think you’ll find the experience touring with the musical?
I’m definitely looking forward to meeting the cast and rehearsing with them, but when the show has started I’m going to be insanely excited. I think touring with a musical is going to be the best experience ever, since we’re going to be travelling around the UK and meeting different audiences and seeing things I haven’t seen before around the UK.
What can you tell us about the show, and have you worked with any of the cast members previously?
From what I have seen, heard and practised, the show sounds absolutely amazing and so much fun. I really think the audience will enjoy the songs and the whole atmosphere, I have worked with a few of them and they’re so lovely and super talented. I can’t wait to work with them more.
What was it like being in the cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical in the West End at the Aldwych Theatre?
Being in the Tina cast was a blast, and whenever I went on stage I felt so free and in my comfort zone. I would go back in time to re-live my time at Tina Turner!
Can you tell us about your time in the show which saw you perform on Children in Need and at West End Live?
Children in Need and West End Live were both incredible times. Children in Need was a different experience to most stage performances as it had to be recorded in a studio like a normal TV show but it was really awesome doing the take. West End Live was insane, there was an incredible audience and the stage was quite big. I really enjoyed my time during both performances.
You’ve previously played Tomika in School of Rock, what was the musical like to be part of?
Playing Tomika in School of Rock was so cool. The dancing and energy was insane, and I could never get enough of it. My character is very shy at the start but near the end she brings out her inner sass, along with her inner talent which I loved about her. The musical was amazing to perform, and I also made so many good friends.
What are some of your favourite memories from your time playing Tomika and making your West End debut?
Literally every minute, every hour, every day, and every show – the whole thing was amazing!
We understand you have screen experience, can you tell us about some of the projects you’ve worked on?
I filmed for the Fantastic Beasts movie. The set looked absolutely unbelievable, it was so realistic. It was fun to get to see all the behind-the-scenes action that most people don’t get to see. I also recently filmed a leading role for an exciting new TV series that will be out next year… watch this space!
How did you find the experience on Britain’s Got Talent last year where you received Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer?
The BGT experience was one of the best times of my life because I never thought such a thing would happen to me! It was so surreal and thinking about it makes me feel so proud.
What did you enjoy most about being a contestant on the show?
Meeting all of the other talented contestants and the judges. They are all lovely people and very talented, it was an honour to be one of the contestants in BGT. Obviously getting the Golden Buzzer was the highlight.
Can you say about performing on the Britain’s Got Talent Christmas Special and how was it being asked to be involved?
I was so honoured to be able to do the BGT Christmas Special. It was definitely very special and magical and I loved how everything was so Christmassy. Singing with all the other talented singers from previous shows was amazing.
Where does your love of performing come from and how did you start?
My love for performing started when I performed in a production of Annie with my old performing arts school. I knew in my heart that performing was for me and that’s what I wanted to do; I’ve loved it ever since.
How often do you train, and can you tell us about your training with Stagebox and representation with Stagebox Management?
The training weeks at Stagebox are really awesome, I learn new things all the time. At the moment I’m focusing on my dancing and I have been doing that every day, it’s really fun.
I am represented by Stagebox Management and I’ve been offered three major roles in a short space of time.
Do you have any favourite theatre shows to watch and how do you like to spend your time away from performing?
My favourite musical theatre production is SIX. It’s amazing and the music is incredible to dance to. In my spare time I love to collect stationery and study.
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