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Godspell: Community production takes centre stage at 2019's The Strawberry Fair

PUBLISHED: 13:10 25 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:10 25 June 2019

Actress Nicole Faraday will be playing Sonia in the Brentwood production of Godspell with Anne Clements who appeared the original 70s production of Godspell as Sonia.

Actress Nicole Faraday will be playing Sonia in the Brentwood production of Godspell with Anne Clements who appeared the original 70s production of Godspell as Sonia.

Mark Reed

Thousands of people gathered for the annual spectacular that is The Strawberry Fair and was a chance for the cast of community production Godspell to perform.

Part of that cast - playing the bubbly and possibly a little outrageous Sonia - is Nicole Faraday, who has also been confirmed as part of the cast for PHA Pantomimes' Cinderella, at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, in the role of the Wicked Stepmother.

Best known for her iconic portrayal as the glamorous murderess Snowball Merriman in ITV's smash-hit series Bad Girls, Nicole has graced UK screens in some of the most successful shows on TV including ITV's Emmerdale as man-eater Veronica and BBC's Casualty as Dr Heather Lincoln.

She has performed throughout the UK in stage productions including Relatively Speaking, Jekyll and Hyde and A Streetcar Named Desire.

She has also showcased her impressive vocal talents as Eva Cassidy in Over the Rainbow and Shell in Bad Girls the Musical, a role for which she was a What's On Stage nominee and winner of Best Supporting Performance at the TMA awards.

Nicole can soon be seen in upcoming British feature film Ask The Cheat and will be appearing in Godspell the Musical alongside former Worthing Panto star, The One and Only Chesney Hawkes, who played Prince Charming in 2017's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

At The Strawberry Fair was Brentwood and Ongar MP Alex Burghart and his family, including his mother-in-law Anne Clements who appeared the original 70s production of Godspell.

Nicky said: "It was quite a whirlwind of a day, meeting the Godspell ensemble (who sang Day by Day so brilliantly) and fellow stars from Godspell including Chesney Hawkes, X Factor's Sam Callahan and Danny Rogers.

"Suddenly the producer grabbed my hand and said I had to meet someone and I was introduced to the (rather dashing) MP who then explained that his mother-in-law Anne played Sonia a few decades ago."

Anne said: "I have great memories of that show and realised back then it was a musical that would be onstage for years.

"I was in a cast of 10 with Robert Lindsay and Jeremy Irons.

"I am so please that Alex and Hermione will be taking me to see this show at The Brentwood Centre."

The company of Godspell are in daily rehearsals for a spectacular show which will include a half-hour 'pre-show' of Circus by Little Stars Circus, Harlequin Gymnastics and will see Chesney Hawkes ascend a fixed trapeze.

Tickets are on sale here and, following Chesney's appearance with his son Casey on Good Morning Britain, are selling quickly.

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