United Kingdom: The UK’s Good Fairy

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Sonia, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, will be appearing in pantomime this coming winter.

The star will be taking the role of Good Fairy in Sleeping Beauty at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, south east London. Joining Sonia on stage will be actor Marc Baylis, who is perhaps most known as the killer and armed-robber Rob Donovan in the UK soap opera, Coronation Street. The pantomime will run from Friday 28 November.

This won’t be Sonia’s first appearance in a pantomime. In 2003 she appeared as Peter Pan at the Playhouse in Weston-Super-Mare. The following year in 2004 she played the Princess in the Derby Assembly Rooms production of Aladdin, and she more recently took the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham, in 2007. Her other appearances include productions of Cinderella and Dick Whittington.

2014 also marks the 25th anniversary of Sonia’s debut single, the Stock, Aitken and Waterman track, You’ll never stop me from loving you. (The song) was written for me, Sonia said in an interview recently. I sat down with Mike Stock and we talked about some ideas. He wrote the chorus first, I went in and sang it through, and from there he knew my range and sound. The whole process of writing and recording the song took about 2 hours.

Released when she was only 18, the song reached the number one spot in the UK charts, the Dutch and the Irish charts and was followed the next year by her debut album Everybody Knows.

To celebrate the anniversary of her debut single, Sonia will be performing at gigs around the country this summer.

Sonia represented the UK at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with the song Better the devil you know. She narrowly missed out on winning, finishing in second place to Ireland’s Niamh Kavanagh.

Sonia’s UK dates –

18 July – Pontins Pakefield, Lowestoft.

19 July – Party in the Park, Grove House Gardens Dunstable.

2 August – 2.30pm: Liverpool Pride, Stanley Street Stage;

– 7.40pm (approx): ‘Legends of Pop’, Scarborough Open Air Theatre

31 August – ‘Rewind North’, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire (with live band).

27 September – Pontins Southport.

19 October – ‘Roxy Live!’ (in aid of Rain Rescue), O2 Academy Sheffield.

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