12th August 2016 2:40 pm
Cast Interview – Rob McVeigh
Where do you come from and currently live?
I live in Rotherham and still do.
Do you own any family pets?
I used to have a black labrador called Sam and a boxer dog called Shelly. We also had a cat called Tommy and he lived for nearly eighteen years of my life.
When did you first start performing?
Started at sixteen in the am drams. My first show was Oliver where I played Bill Sykes at the Rotherham Civic Theatre. Then I was hooked.
What was your first professional experience?
My first pro experience was as an extra in Coronation Street.
Where else have you performed in your career?
I’ve performed all over the world on cruise ships and theatres. From all standard of cruises up to 6 stars.
What’s your biggest professional achievement to date?
My biggest achievement would be still working after eight years of the show. I’m proud because I’ve achieved so much and I now tour my one-man musical theatre show all over the country. With regular gigs at the Warner Hotel Resorts.
Who have you worked with in your career?
I’ve worked with many celebrities from Kylie Minogue to Josh Groban. Even TV stars like Matt Baker of The One Show, Lisa Riley and even boy bands like Antony Costa from Blue. The list is endless, many of whom I’m pleased to call my friends.
Where is the best place you have performed and why?
The best place would be the Alhambra Theatre when I toured with Annie the musical. Because all through my childhood I went to watch panto there and it was an amazing achievement for my family to see me on that stage.
And where is the worst place you have performed?
The worst place would be once in a care home when I was younger. I sang to two people who were asleep. Hardest gig ever, but taught me so much.
Have you ever had any embarrassing things go wrong during a performance?
I was on a ship in the middle of a beautiful ballad to a girl and I knelt down and my trousers split wide open. I couldn’t finish the song because myself and the audience were laughing..so had I to get off!
What are you looking forward to most about returning to Cromer?
Cromer is like a second home to me. It’s been my third year here and it has a special fondness in my heart. I love the quaintness of the town. Being by the seaside for the summer is great too
Who do you have to thank for where you have got to in your career so far?
There are too many. Many people have contributed little bits to my success. I’ve worked hard to get where I am and am very proud of it.
Who inspired you to do what you are doing?
My idol growing up was Frank Sinatra and after reading his story I know I wanted to sing but, being a practical man I got my skills as a builder first. I then followed my dream.
Who will be coming to support you this year?
My family will come see me. My dad, nan, aunties and uncles.
What will you be doing on your precious days off?
I’ll be going home and seeing my family, enjoying the time off as best as I can, by relaxing so the voice is good for the next week!