Mr. Bownes chats to Thursford’s all singing and dancing Patrick!

Creative Chiropractic are in their seventh year of providing specialist injury and healthcare for the cast, artistes, support staff and managers of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and after five long weeks of rehearsals, the newest members of the Creative team (Clare, Serena and Nichola) went along on Sunday to see a dress rehearsal before the first show of the season on Wednesday 11th November.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Creative Chiropractic, Patrick Barrett, singing, dancing, christmas, massage, treatment, NorfolkWith many of the management team and performers coming along to the practice to see us for various niggles, Mr. Bownes chatted with Patrick Barrett, a singer and dancer in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular who popped into the Practice for a massage …

Hello Patrick, first of all: where are you from?

“I’m originally from Zimbabwe, moving to England when I was 16 to study A Levels in London before moving on to study at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA).”

Where have you performed before?

“Straight out of college, my first job was to perform in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular last year. In between then and now, I worked on various productions, including choreographing for Horrible Histories and dancing in a film starring Hugh Grant (at one point, I was his double in rehearsals!) and on cruises.”

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Creative Chiropractic, Patrick Barrett, singing, dancing, christmas, massage, treatment, NorfolkSo is this year your second time performing in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular?

“Yes, last year was my first so I didn’t have to audition again for this year after I had expressed an interest to be in again having had such a good experience.”

What’s it like to be in the show?

“Amazing, I love it! There’s such a family atmosphere amongst the team. Coming back for a second time meant that the whole experience is much less nerve racking this year as I know the team and how people work and everyone’s really friendly and enthusiastic. I’m also staying back in the same cottage in Norfolk as last year which is great.”

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Creative Chiropractic, Patrick Barrett, singing, dancing, christmas, massage, treatment, NorfolkHow demanding are the rehearsals?

“The rehearsals are actually the hardest part. We train for six days a week from 10am to 6pm (sometimes later) for five weeks so keeping up stamina is really important. We also train extra hard in rehearsals to get those dance movements absolutely precise. By the time the actual performances come round, it’s a bit easier. To keep energy and concentration levels up in performances, the team often play games in the green room in between our acts, so there’s great camaraderie back stage.”

Did you have a good experience with Creative?

“Yes, very good! It was my first deep tissue sports massage and I felt an improvement to my lower back pain within one or two days of treatment.”

Did it help with your performance?!

“Yes. As well as singing in the show, I also dance which includes quite a lot of lifts and quick movements. By having a massage and now warming up my back before performances, I’m not worried that my back will suddenly cause me pain and potentially affect my performance on stage or anyone else’s.”

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Creative Chiropractic, Patrick Barrett, singing, dancing, christmas, massage, treatment, NorfolkHow many shows do you have to perform?

“There are 65 shows in total, starting from Wednesday 11th November, which means lots of tea will be drunk to warm up my voice!” (Patrick was on his fourth cup of the morning when I chatted to him!)

Thanks so much, Patrick and I hope your male solo performance went well!

Go and see Patrick and the rest of the performers in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. It’s fantastic! www.Thursford.com

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