TBB Talks … Sister Act With Theatre Actress Tanya Edwards

Tanya-Nicole Edwards is a singer and actress who has been hitting the stage for almost two decades …

Her theatre credits include Motown: The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych), The Book of Mormon (The Prince Of Wales Theatre), Hairspray (Singapore and Malaysia Tour), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych) and The Lion King (Lyceum). Tanya is currently on tour in Sister Act The Musical. The actress has also graced the stage with music legends Soul II Soul as a backing vocalist.

Sister Act sees Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found – a convent! Encouraged to help the struggling choir, she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

We spoke to Tanya about her career and how she wants to help the next generation of West End stars.

Please introduce yourself …

I am Tanya Edwards, an actress, singer, mover, creative and mentor founder of Fly High Workshops. I am of St.Lucian heritage and was born and raised in West London. I’ve been on London’s West End for 17 years and a backing vocalist for Soul II Soul for 5 years.

Describe your life right now in a word or one sentence …

My life right now is busy and blessed however in need of a shift (I feel it coming).

Tell us about your latest project.

Sister Act The Musical UK tour until the start of summer next year, and also writing for Fly High Workshops projects in the new year.

Tanya Edwards as Delores- Sister Act The Musical

What’s your role in it?

My role is the character Tina, I am also the first cover Deloris.

How did it come about?

My role came about by auditioning through my agent pre-pandemic and the show was pushed back years as you could imagine.

Tell us the high points, any obstacles to getting the project completed and how you resolved the obstacles.

Highs – getting into the rehearsal room and meet and greets after the pandemic, meeting everyone face-to-face, and getting back onstage after leaving theatre in 2017.

Lows and obstacles come daily on a tour – finding digs/accommodation or just missing home or being tired. I centre myself, read or do vision boards and think about the fact that there’s more to life.

What’s your current plan B?

Plan B is always having what is mine, Fly High Workshops! A 100% black organisation. Our aim at Fly High Workshops are to tap into each individual’s magic and guide them on their journey through the art of performance and well-being, with sessions that are introduced through music as therapy. The valuable tools they pick up include interpersonal skills and self-esteem-building practises. These core traits are nurtured in our sessions until they become second nature, at which point they are transferred into their everyday lives. Self-Belief, confidence and discipline are central to our values at Fly High Workshops. With our focus on these three elements, we take a behaviour-centred design approach to encourage these strengths in children and young people.

What’s made you sad, mad and glad this week

Sad and mad was actually an encounter at work with a dresser using racist slurs (that’s another story), glad – having a week off after a 10-week run, 80 shows no break, and finally home for the week.

What are you watching right now?

Backstage – Sister Act The Musical

Guess what? I’m actually watching Moesha lol! I know old skool, on tour between going through the script, my little come down is a couple of nostalgic episodes of Moesha.

What are you watching right now?

I have two books on the go at the moment, Toni Tones Take Note Real Life Lessons and You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, I love motivational books.

What are you listening to right now?

I’m hooked on Stormzy’s This Is What I Mean album, but in general, I listen to everything. I love PJ Morton.

The last thing you saw on stage?

The touring cast of The Book Of Mormon in Glasgow, whilst we were out there with Sister Act.

What’s on your bucket list?

I have many but to buy a property and relocate somewhere are a couple.

Celebrate someone else who do you rate right now?

I rate sooooo many people right now but just as an artist I’d say Stormzy, the album he’s just dropped is a gem and Sharon Rose is killing it too.

Fly High Acting Workshop

Celebrate yourself … make us proud of you!

I started my career in theatre from an open audition for The Lion King as a 17-year-old and have been a sponge on the stage ever since whilst giving back to the next generation because that’s where my heart is. I always want for others as well as myself genuinely. I’ve toured the world, done two cruises in South America and on one World Cruise, I’ve been in The Lion King, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, The Book Of Mormon, Beautiful The Carole King Musical (original cast), Motown (original cast) and now Sister Act, as well as toured with the one and only Soul II Soul for years; I’ve started an organisation Fly High Workshops during the pandemic, so I’d say I’m pretty proud of myself!

Where can we find you and your projects?

@tanyanicoleentertainment | Spotlight | @flyhighworkshops | flyhighworkshops.com

Sister Act The Musical is currently touring the UK from Monday 20th February 2022 – Saturday 30th September 2023


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