5. Her Yorkshire puddings…
When we asked Sam to describe Tanya he was extremely complimentary and told us that she’s honest, open-minded, strong, caring, loving and independent, but Tanya wasn’t satisfied until he recognised her cooking skills. “She does a great Sunday roast! The Yorkshire puddings are banging.” Can you have us over soon, Tanya?
Sam, can you tell us about being a part of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake?
Being a part of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is amazing. He’s so diverse with casting different heights, shapes, sizes, different backgrounds, ethnicities, everything! He’s always been very aware of that and it’s such a family show. We’re all like a family. He’s always been about diversity so that’s why I always wanted to join his company. This is his most famous production and it opened in 1995. It’s different to other productions because all the guys are the swans. No one’s ever done that before, as well as having a gay love story which was very shocking and controversial back then. It changed the dance world and he’s pushed boundaries
What does Pride mean to you?
It’s very special to be a part of the Pride collection and I’m so excited to work on it. I have so much gratitude towards the LGBTQ+ community, the fact that I can live in London, walk the streets and be a free, gay man. It wasn’t that easy for people before and those people did so much for us and I feel like we so often take it for granted. 30 or 40 years ago, it wasn’t ok at all to be gay and it’s still not everywhere now, which is a massive shame but I do feel like we’re moving forward even if there is a long way to go. To be a part of the Pride movement and to be accepted by my family and supported, is a very special thing for me.