A STAR of the small screen will be taking on a new role as she appears in a farce on the stage in Northampton.
Sian Reeves, pictured above in rehearsals, will be appearing in God of Carnage, a show about two sets of parents whose children get into a fight at school. They meet to discuss the problems but as the wine starts flowing and tempers rise, the parents start behaving like children.
She has recently appeared as a villain in Emmerdale and in the Sky 1 drama Mount Pleasant and it is a change of pace for the actress.
Sian said: “I am playing the part of Veronica, who is the mother of one of the children who has been hit. We start off quite sensible and middle class, but then we get more childish as the evening progresses.
“I saw the film which was directed by Roman Polanski and I play the Jodie Foster part in the film.
“It is a very funny show and I think it is something that we can all relate to when we have all had children.”
It is a very different stage show and this was what appealed to her.
Sian added: “It is all over in one act and runs through at a very quick pace. It also finishes earlier than a two-act show, so people can come and see this and still have some of their evening left at the end of it.”
It will also be a new challenge for Sian who has played in a variety of roles since beginning her acting career 27 years ago.
She said: “I have toured round a lot of venues in my career but Northampton is one place I have never performed at. I have heard a lot of nice things about the venue. A good friend of mine Sarah Parish, who I appeared alongside in Cutting It, has said it is a great place to perform.
“I am really looking forward toappearing at the venue. It will be nice as well because I can get back home from Northampton in time to see my daughter as well.”
Her career started in illustrious fashion when she appeared in the original production of Les Miserables.
Sian said: “A lot of the people who appeared in that show have gone on to fantastic careers. People like Caroline Quentin, Colm Wilkinson and Michael Ball.
“It was a wonderful job and a really great experience.”
In recent years Sian has become a familiar face on television playing Sydney in BBC drama Cutting It, the saucy Bianca in Mount Pleasant and the villainous Sally Spode in Emmerdale. However, she very nearly was cast in one of the biggest dramas on television.
Sian reveals: “I appeared in a few episodes of EastEnders and the producers really liked me and wanted to keep me on as a long running character.
“However I was already contracted to another show, so I couldn’t do it. It was such a shame as it was a job I really liked doing.
“I eventually got to be in Emmerdale which was a really great part and I am in touch with a lot of the people on the show. I still watch it.
“My character ended up in an insane asylum so I could always come back.”
Her career could be about to go off in a very different direction after finishing in God of Carnage.
She said: “There will be a Christmas special of Mount Pleasant coming up but after that I am looking at going out to America in the new year.
“I am hoping to audition for some roles out there,”
God of Carnage starts on Friday (October 19) and runs until Saturday, November 10. For tickets, call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.