Six burning questions for Lucy Maunder
1. You've just recorded your first album and are now performing your one-woman show, Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black. What inspired you to perform Berlin's music?
What I love is that the lyrics are so incredibly simple but they hit you straight in the heart. The melody is simple and the lyrics are simple, but they have so much meaning.
2. What song have you enjoyed singing most during the show, and on your first album?
My favourite song within the show is probably Say It Isn't So, which is a pretty dismal, depressing song in terms of its lyrics. It's a very vulnerable portrayal of being in love with someone and not having them return the feelings. It just speaks to me.
3. You starred as Lara in the musical Doctor Zhivago in 2011, performing alongside Anthony Warlow. What's the most memorable feedback you've received from a fan about that show?
I suppose the one that flattered me the most was someone saying I had portrayed the character in the book perfectly, and that it all came to life on stage exactly how they hoped it would because it was their favourite book.
4. When and how did you first realise you were a
I was always dancing around with a hairbrush, singing to pop sensations like the Spice Girls, but I spent my childhood focused on dance and ice skating, actually. I sang in school choirs, but didn't seriously start singing until I was about 14, when I auditioned for a workshop my parents were putting on in London.
5. What do you like to do to relax?
I am completely passionate about food, cooking and eating. One of my favourite things to do is take myself out for a really nice lunch to read the paper and just sit on my own. That's what I do when I'm trying to be quiet before a show.
6. What music is on your iPod?
It's so eclectic. I recently downloaded Birdy's album. I love her.
Lucy Maunder is performing Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black at The Famous Spiegeltent on February 27 at 2pm.