Pompey play boost as local performer takes leading role

STAGE Georgina-Rose Rust who is playing the forces' sweetheart character in The Missing Years at the New Theatre Royal.     Picture: Steve Reid (110454-112)
STAGE Georgina-Rose Rust who is playing the forces' sweetheart character in The Missing Years at the New Theatre Royal. Picture: Steve Reid (110454-112)
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A LOCAL star in the making will take a leading role in a unique play about Pompey’s war years.

Georgina-Rose Rust has been cast as the forces’ sweetheart in The Missing Years, the New Theatre Royal’s new production telling the story of what happened after Portsmouth won the 1939 FA Cup.

The play is a joint project with the football club, and will show the city at war, how football was kept alive and how the FA Cup remained safe using short scenes written by local playwrights, archive footage and songs from the period.

A former student at South Downs College, 20-year-old Georgina-Rose said she found the source material fascinating and was excited to be involved with the play.

‘History is something I’ve always loved,’ she said. ‘And if we can get more young people interested in it then that’s even better.

‘The mixture of football, war memories and music should appeal to almost everybody.’

She added that her part will tie the play together, and she will sing a selection of classic war-time songs including We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover.

‘It is a sort of Vera Lynn-type role,’ she said. ‘It should be great fun – the songs are wonderful and will appeal to people of all ages.

‘I’ve been singing and acting for as long as I can remember.’

An avid supporter of the Guildhall Walk theatre, Georgina-Rose, of Dupree Drive, Eastney, has sung and performed with many local amateur companies including Fareham Musical Society, Portsmouth Players and Giselle Dance & Drama Academy.

She said: ‘I have lived locally to the theatre for 20 years now and have been seeing performances there since a young age.

‘I’m chuffed to now have the privilege of working in this beautiful building.

‘It is a historical theatre which offers so much to everyone and I’m glad to be able to do my bit in helping the building be restored.

‘This glorious public theatre must be looked after.’

The first performance of The Missing Years will take place on Monday, March 7 at 7pm, and all proceeds will go towards the New Theatre Royal’s Let’s Make It Great fundraising campaign to rebuild the venue.

Tickets cost £5 from the box office on (023) 9264 9000 or at newtheatreroyal.com.