Sweeney is as easy as pie

Hazel Beattie is starring in 'Sweeney Todd'
Hazel Beattie is starring in 'Sweeney Todd'

A Falkirk woman is taking to the stage to reprise a role as a grizzly pie maker!

Hazel Beattie will play the part of Mrs Lovett in ‘Sweeney Todd’ with Edinburgh Music Theatre at the Churchill Theatre in the capital.

She previously played the role when she was a pupil at Graeme High School.

Hazel said: “I’d taken part in a couple of festival Fringe shows with the group before on a smaller scale.

“When they announced that they were doing ‘Sweeney Todd’ I thought I’d really like to be part of it.

“The rehearsals are twice a week in Edinburgh, and it’s a big commitment, but opportunities to play parts like this don’t come along very often so I decided I just had to go for it.

“I really enjoyed playing the part when I was at school - that was a schools version though, and this version is much more difficult.”

The show tells the story of Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter.

When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

And Mrs Lovett is his amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies!

Hazel, who lives in Polmont with husband Simon and daughters April (6) and Violet (3), added: “Rehearsals are going really well.

“The production team and cast are all great.

“The whole piece is being signed for the deaf - but it’s being integrated into the performance by the cast.

“I’m lucky that I don’t have too much signing to do.

“The chorus have so much to do and I don’t know how they’re managing to learn it but they are doing fantastically well.”

Unfortunately for Hazel, her daughters won’t be in the audience to cheer her on.

She added: “It’s a bit dark and scary for them, and I think it’s going to be quite a dark production.

“The girls know all the words to the songs though because I listen to the CD in the car all the time to practise my singing.

“When I hear them singing along I wonder whether they should be singing these songs!”

Edinburgh Music Theatre’s production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ is on at the Churchill Theatre in Edinburgh from Tuesday, March 27 to Saturday, March 31.

For more information and ticket prices go to www.edinburghtheatre.co.uk.