Quickfire questions with Lauren Shields

Lauren Shields brings her live tour ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ to ffresh at the Centre on Saturday May 20. It’s a show that celebrates musical theatre classics and hidden gems that shaped her career.

We caught up with Lauren to find out a little more about her story so far and what to expect from this exciting show.

To someone who doesn’t know your work, how would you describe what you do?

Celebrate the music and lyrics of the theatre, timeless standards and the artists who made sure these songs were heard. There’s nothing I love more than finding a rare gem of a song by a composer whose work we all think we know inside out, or that got left out of a famous diva’s greatest hits.

What should people expect from your performance?

Hopefully the perfect mix of songs they know and love, and songs they’re discovering with me along with the stories of how those songs fit into my story. My favourite way to discover new songs is hearing them live and imbued with someone’s passion and need to share them, so I hope to pay forward that joy from the singer’s side of the mic!

Who has had the biggest impact on your career?

Well, I’ll talk about how it all started in the show, but I’d have to say the amazing teachers I’ve been lucky enough to work with, I’m hugely indebted to those who took my dream and my drive and gave me the tools to make something out of what I love to do.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

I think singing with the West End Heroes choir at the Dominion Theatre, for many of us it was our first time singing on a West End stage. The choir was made up of aspiring and resting performers all working offstage to pay the bills, and we had the chance to sing to a packed house with some of the greats of musical theatre for a fantastic cause. Getting a standing ovation that night was incredible, I’m not at all ashamed to say I cried at the sight of it!

What’s your most embarrassing moment as a performer?

The first time I was ever interviewed onstage (by the fabulous La Voix) I was asked how it felt to be singing with a big band. Without my mouth checking with my brain first, I let slip to the entire audience that I was so excited I may wet myself. I was absolutely mortified but thankfully it got a huge laugh!

What’s your most memorable moment on tour?

I hadn’t thought about it but this is my first ever! A mini tour of London and Cardiff so hoping to make some great memories in the process!

What does Wales/Cardiff mean to you?

Although I live in London now, I’ll always call Wales home. I love how people from all over know us as the land of song and not only are lots of loved ones here but its where I got my start in so many ways, I had my first ever theatre experiences in Cardiff, onstage, offstage and in the audience. I actually worked at the Wales Millennium Centre for a few years, so it really does feel like coming home to be doing my show here!

What should we look out for from you in the coming months?

I’ll be getting back to work on my cabaret duo The Diva List, we’ve had a break whilst we’ve both been working on other projects but we have some exciting things in the pipeline so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. I’d love to do more solo shows too and have some other ideas ticking over so keep in touch and watch this space!