Lauren Nevin - Tallaght girl swaps princess role for evil queen

By Hayden Moore

OHHH, NO YOU DON’T! Ohhh, yes you do! Booing is something that is key to traditional Christmas pantomimes and The Civic Theatre’s now annual production is fitting the bill.

Millbrook Lawns native Lauren Nevin has been cast as The Evil Queen Cruella for The Civic’s 47-show run of ‘Snow White’.

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Lauren Nevin as evil Queen Cruella

With the clock ticking down until the first show on December 10, Lauren gave us some insight into playing the shows main antagonist.

“So, she’s just absolutely horrible,” said the Tallaght actress.

“I’ve always done princesses when I do panto, so this is really different for me.

“Basically, the queen has always been the fairest of them all and when the Magic Mirror is brought in, she’s expecting it to tell her that she still is – but it says that Snow White is.

She is genuinely raging that she’s not the fairest anymore and she just has it in for Snow White.

 “It is way more craic. I’ve spent eight years as a princess and when we were rehearsing as the Evil Queen I was just like ‘right this is absolutely deadly’.

“One thing I’ll have to get used to are the boos because kids are brutal – if they don’t like you, they will tell you.”

Lauren has been involved in panto in some shape or another since she was 16 when she was a dancer for the Olympia production.

Her first big break came nine years ago when she was 20 after auditioning for the role of Sleeping Beauty for a pantomime Alan Hughes was running and after that was part of The Helix Panto.

But another massive opportunity came knocking when she spotted an open-call for the lead role of Cinderella in a panto in London alongside Joe Swash, best known for his role on EastEnders.

Recounting the experience, she said: “It was amazing. I totally just chanced my arm – I had nothing to lose and it paid off.

“After that then I came back and RTÉ were doing an open call and then I did Grease in the Gaiety – I played Sandy.

Since then she has been involved in a production in Belfast Opera House and replaced Nadia Forde as Jasmine in The Tivoli’s Aladdin.

Ironically, three years ago Lauren played the role of Snow White, who rivals her Evil Queen in this year’s Civic Panto.

“It’s a really fun show with a very strong cast,” said Lauren.

“The mirror is brilliant, the dame is hilarious, and they have some very special actors involved.

“The Civic did an open call for the roles of Snow White and Prince Charming and they found two wonderful actors, they are so professional.

“Panto is the craic. There is no real down-time, you do a show at lunch, go home and maybe have a nap and then head back over and go again.

“It’s so fast-paced and the energy is literally bouncing off the stage – I can’t wait till you see it.”

The Civic Panto ‘Snow White’ runs from December 10 until January 5 with tickets available from www.civictheatre.ie and The Civic’s box-office.

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