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Former Upminster student to star in West End musical show about Henry VIII’s wives

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 August 2018

Amy Shaw, from Upminster, will be in the new West End musical Six.

Amy Shaw, from Upminster, will be in the new West End musical Six.

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A former Havering sixth form student will be touring the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as performing in a new West End musical.

Amy Shaw, 21, who studied at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School and Sixth Form College, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, will feature in Six, a modern depiction of the lives and trials of Henry VIII’s six wives.

She said: “It’s been a whirlwind process, and I still can’t quite believe it’s happened.

“If it hadn’t been for my friend seeing the post, I might never have gotten the job so it goes to show you never know what’s going to come from the people you meet when you’re studying.”

The surreal plot sees Henry VIII’s six ex-wives in competition to be the lead singer in a band, with a background message of feminism and empowerment told through each of the wives.

During its early stages, the producers of the show went on the hunt for female pop-rock musicians to help bring the music to the stage in a completely live environment, to aid the show’s concert theme.

Amy – who will graduate in September with a BA Hons Professional Musicianship in Guitar at the award-winning BIMM Brighton (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) – joined the production after she saw it advertised on Facebook.

Other alumni from the Brighton university include George Ezra, James Bay, The Kooks, Tom Odell and Izzy Bizu.

She said: “It’s been a bit of a crazy experience coming straight out of uni and landing such a big gig so quickly and it’s been such an amazing experience getting to work with such lovely and extremely talented people.

“I was really nervous at the start with it being my first high profile job but everyone has been so great and really put me at ease and getting to tour the country and visit loads of new places is pretty exciting.”

The show will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 1-27, before heading to the London Arts Theatre from August 30 - September 23.

For more information about the new West End production Six, visit here

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