Rachel Dean recalls some of her fondest childhood memories. The 36-year-old is a professional singer and dancer from Southsea.
Going to see the panto Cinderella in my home town of Lichfield when I was five. It made me realise that I wanted to be on the stage and perform.
n What do you remember about your birthdays?
They were always fun, very traditional jelly and ice cream type parties, with lots of friends playing the favourites like pass the parcel and there was always lots of dancing.
n How was school?
I loved school! It was more of a social thing for me, I had lots of friends and got on well with the teachers and was definitely the class clown and always being moved for talking too much (so no change there). I was in lots of school productions from an early age through to sixth from and was also lucky enough to attend Sylvia Young’s Theatre School for a short while.
n What did you get up to with your friends?
It all revolved around the telly and music. We used to love listening to the charts on a Sunday and making our tapes for the week. You can’t beat that cheesy 1980’s pop.
n What toys did you play with?
I do remember having a Tiny Tears doll when I was five and a Sindy ballerina doll that went everywhere with me.
n What did you watch on television?
Top of the pops, Dallas (even though mum and dad thought I was a bit too young) and I even remember watching the first episode of Eastenders. I still remain a huge fan of all the soaps today. My absolute favourite show was The Kids From Fame and I even used to do the routines at school break times with my friends.
n What sweets did you eat?
n What music did you listen to?
Boy George, of course. I was also influenced by all of my family and listened to music from the 50s, 60s and 70s and I’m now very lucky to sing some great songs from those decades in the show Forever in Blue Jeans.
n What was the naughtiest thing you did?
I can’t remember this but (allegedly) I swung our cat around by its tail when I was three. Don’t worry though, the cat lived and I have not harmed any animals since.