Q&A: Talking with Eliza Hope Bennett of Loserville

Q&A: Talking with Eliza Hope Bennett of Loserville

Updated On: Jul 31, 2013
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    Eliza Hope Bennett is an actress and singer who is known for her portrayals of Meggie Folchart in the film 'Inkheart' and Susan in 'From Time to Time.' She last appeared on stage in the West End a decade ago as Jemima Potts in the stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang and is delighted to be making her return with Loserville.

    How does it feel to be involved in a brand new musical in the West End?

    I am over the moon. It's such an honour to be part of something so fresh and new and to be able to create a character for the first time. I have watched this show grow from when it first showed in Bracknell to now being at the Garrick Theatre in the West End - I feel very proud to be a part of it.

    What would you say about the show to persuade someone to buy tickets?
    It's colourful and fresh and its not like anything out there in the West End at the moment. The ensemble are just amazing and Nick Winston's choreography is bound to blow your mind. But most of all, I would say just come because you’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face.

    Loserville has been described as Grease for the 21st Century. Do you think that is a good comparison?
    I think there are elements that are similar to Grease in the fact that it’s set in a high school, there's a similar jock/geek scenario and it has the same commercial appeal that Grease had. But Loserville has a rock band and elements of 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'The Social Network' and also at the end of the day the geeks rule!

    Who would Loserville most appeal to?
    I'd initially say that the show appeals to quite a young audience as it’s set in a high school and the music is rock/pop. But we've actually found that the show appeals to most ages as there's something in there for everyone - because it's set in 1971, an older audience pick up on a lot of the Star Trek/Star Wars humour that's lost on their children. So I would honestly say that there's something in there for everyone!

    The show has already had a successful run in Leeds. Have you experienced the same audience reaction in Leeds and London?
    The audience’s reactions have been so amazing and we've been overwhelmed with how lovely they have been. I think since we've moved to the West End we have made the show sleeker, tighter and all round a better show, so audiences that saw it in Leeds and have now seen it in London say it's even better than before.

    Can you sum up the show in five words?
    Fresh, Charming, Imaginative and a Guilty Pleasure :)