In a temporary departure from her career as a singer/songwriter, Pixie Lott is taking on the iconic role of the free-spirited, guitar-playing, cat-loving party girl in the touring production of Richard Greenberg’s new play, directed by Nikolai Foster.
However, she is keen to stress that this iteration of Holly Golightly is truer to her portrayal in Truman Capote’s original 1958 novella, rather than the better-known big-screen version.
In fact, she hasn’t even watched the film since being cast in the play, ‘as I didn’t want to get too caught up in it.’
‘Our play still has all those wonderful characters, the different personalities that make up New York, just as Capote brilliantly wrote them,’ Pixie explains.
‘When you think about it, the story was incredibly ahead of its time, which is what makes it still so relevant today, a genuine modern classic.’
Bromley-born Pixie, 25, plays Holly, the country bumpkin turned New York party girl with a string of wealthy suitors on tap and a mysterious past, in this new production which is set in the early 1940s (as opposed to the swinging ’60s of the Hepburn and Peppard film).
‘This really is the dream role for me to take on for my first play. I feel incredibly lucky,’ says Pixie.
‘Of course people will make comparisons with Audrey Hepburn, but I would never try to replicate an icon like her as she was a one-off, truly unique. I hope audiences feel I bring my own interpretation and personality to the role. My Holly is free-spirited and has lots of energy, and we also see glimpses of the secrets of her past. But she is a survivor. She makes it through.’
Some may say that playing Holly is quite a departure for Pixie, who, after all, is best-known for a string of chart-topping hits including Mama Do and All About Tonight. As a teenager, she did in fact train as an actress at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, appearing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, before moving into music.
Like Holly though, Pixie is a self-confessed scatterbrain and she is equally as untidy.
‘I’m a really messy person, so my dressing-room will be fairly chaotic.
‘Lots of make-up and clothes, maybe a candle and some pictures from the 1940s. If anyone complains, I’ll blame it on Holly.’
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton