Post-Show Drinks, a musical theatre podcast showcasing actors from the West End and beyond.
In this episode, Connor and Catherine sit down with West End star Ashford Campbell.
Ashford is currently playing the role of Dwayne in 9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre.
We speak about his musical theatre journey from singing at a young age to then making his West End debut in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. We also speak about his passion for languages, his time on the X Factor and what it was like playing the role of CC in Dreamgirls.
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0:00 – 6:29 – Where did it all begin? Ashford takes us back to the very beginning and tells us more about his early passions for singing. We also speak about what it was like being a contestant on the X-Factor back in 2011. He tells us more about his X-Factor journey.
6:30 – 19:10 – We learn more about Ashford’s early musical theatre roles from High School Musical to Calamity Jane. He tells about one of his early amateur productions of High School Musical and playing the role of Chad. We also speak further about Ashford’s passion for languages and how he is fluent in Spanish.
19:11 – 24:15 – Ashford made his West End debut in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. We learn more about his two-year contract from being a Swing in his first year to playing the role of a Drifter/ Assistant Dance Captain in his second year. He tells us more what it was like being an Assistant Dance Captain and the key skills needed.
24:16 – 32:19 – After Beautiful Ashford moved on to play the role of Little Albert/ Cover C.C in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. He tells us what it was like going on stage for the first time to cover the role of CC.
32:20 – 43:33 – Ashford stayed at the Savoy Theatre and is now part of the original London company of 9 to 5 The Musical. We speak about the rehearsal process and the first time he met Dolly Parton.
43:34 – 47:16 – In standard Post-Show Drinks fashion, we find out Ashford’s dream role and how he would sum up his career to date.