Introducing the first of our Leading Ladies, Alison Henry is no stranger to the stage having appeared in numerous musicals, pantomimes and sung with choirs over the past 32 years. For FLESH she collaborates once more with John in whose production of Deacon Brodie she appeared – a whisper away – in 1995 when at Preston Lodge Academy in Prestonpans – a production that set her off on her acting career.
She has appeared as the leading lady in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and recently as Florence in Chess and as Baroness Elsa in The Sound of Music. She has also emulated Whoopi Goldberg’s role of Deloris in Sister Act.
Alison feels privileged to be playing the role of ‘that doxy’ Nell McDougal although in our version she tries hard to stay aloof from the seedy goings-on of her partner, William Burke and his wolf-like sidekick Hare. Nell, of course, ended up in the dock with Burke but was an early beneficiary of the particularly Scottish Verdict of Not Proven.
Her favourite song in our production has to be Nobody Was Listening, not only because she sings it but because it is just the sort of tear jerker she loves.
When she is not appearing on stage or rehearsing, Alison passes her spare time being a Support Auxiliary at her old school.