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:: #009 - Dianne Pilkington ::

Dianne Pilkington Name: Dianne Pilkington

Role Played: Glinda

Joined The Cast: July 2007 - Original London Cast Member

Recently Seen In: Cats, Far Pavillions and Tonight's The Night


DIANNE PILKINGTON joined Wicked in July 2007, replacing original London cast member, Helen Dallimore. Dianne plays Glinda the Good, who eventually befriends Elphaba (currently played by Kerry Ellis). Dianne is the second person to play Glinda full-time since the show opened, and will remain with the cast until at least June 2008. To read Dianne's full biography, please click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This interview has been carried out specifically for WickedUK.co.uk. Reproduction of this interview, either in its entirety or partially, under any circumstances, is strictly prohibited. You are, however, very welcome to link back to this page.

:: The Interview ::

Had you seen any of the other Wicked productions prior to taking on the role?
No - only during rehearsals.

Have you read Gregory Maguire's novel, Wicked - The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and if you have, how have you used the book to further your character?
I read it a long time ago before the musical began! I used the knowledge of the world he created but Glinda differs quite a lot from the book.

What is your favourite scene?
Probably the scene before Popular - it's so much fun working with Kerry on that!

What is your favourite song?
No Good Deed!

What is your favourite costume?
The pink one... or maybe Jo Morris' Emerald City!

Who is your favourite character?
Way too difficult - I love them all.

What, if any, have been you biggest show / prop / costume mishaps?
Knocking off my tiara whilst spinning my wand.

What are your characters top 3 priorities in life?
To look pretty
To make people happy
To be a successful witch

If you could change one thing about your character, what would it be?
Her penchant for handbags

Which do you prefer most, touring of West End, and why?
West End. I'm a complete homebody and I don't live out of a suitcase well!

Personally, are you more a Glinda or an Elphaba?
At school I was definitely an Elphaba. But I do have many Glinda traits - I'm 50/50.

What has it been like joining Wicked?
Everyone was so supportive from the original cast. The company is a great one, very happy and a little community. I'm having a ball!

Was it hard to fit into Wicked, since the show had already been running for a year?
No, everyone was so warm in welcoming me. And I had the advantage of watching my part done so well by Helen, so I could steal lots of good stuff!

What was your reaction when you first came face to face with your co-star, Kerry Ellis (Elphaba), greenified?
I got really shocked by her hands!

Filling the role of an original cast member is never an easy task. How hard was it taking over from Helen Dallimore?
Helen was very supportive and that made life much easier.

How do you think you have been received, by the audiences and fans, so far?
People have been really warm and very generous with their support. Thanks to all for the nomination at What's On Stage awards!

How have you tried to differ your interpretation of Glinda from all the other Glindas past and present?
It's hard as there are definite goalposts that you must stay within. But I had good guidance from all the creative team and I have tried to bring a little of my own understanding to the role.

Do you think Glinda is more a tea or coffee person?
Mine is definitely tea.

What do you like about the bubble experience?
Well, it's a great entrance!

What do you hate about the bubble experience?
I have a small fear of heights - I think most people do.

Have you ever accidentally eaten any of the bubbles while descending in your big bubble?
Oh yes. My insides must be very clean.

What glitter do you use for NOMTW, and where can we get some?!
It's all MAC as far as I know.

What is it, do you think, that makes Glinda so popular? Money, status, charisma, etc?
I think it's that she genuinely makes people feel good about themselves - well, usually.

What sneaky costume cheats do you have to help make your quick changes go faster?
Aha - not telling! I have a wonderful dresser called Theresa!

Glinda is missing from the second classroom scene with Dr Dillamond. Where do you think she is?
Having a facial.

Your whole performance is very energetic and physically demanding. What is your secret for keeping so energised throughout the entire show, especially the 'Popular' scene?
Used to be a Soya Cappuccino. Now Homeopathy.

Do you think Glinda ever realised that the Tinman is Boq?
Yes.

Everyone in the show is wicked at some point or another. Who do you think is the wickedest and why?
Madame Morrible - she is so ruthless and will use anything and anyone knowingly.

If you had to be stranded on a desert island with one of the characters from Wicked, who would it be and why?
The Wizard. He makes good escape machines.

Since we have been asking you all the questions, are there any questions you would like to ask the fans?
No - just a big thank you xx


EDITOR'S NOTE: Ms Pilkington very kindly agreed to answer the above questions for us here at WickedUK.co.uk. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Pilkington for her time and effort that made the above interview possible.

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