Encore Meets – an Encore Radio podcast series. Go backstage in the West End, Broadway and beyond with Encore Radio’s exclusive theatre interviews.

In this episode of Encore Meets, we’re chatting to Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia, who star in the current UK tour of Once.

Daniel was part of the original West End production of the musical where both Arthur Darville and Ronan Keating featured in the lead role of Guy. Emma’s returning to the part of Girl after playing the character on the original UK tour.

They tell us what life’s like as a performer on tour, they reveal their favourite songs from the show, and explain how they make their partnership work on stage.

We spoke to Daniel and Emma at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre, where the show plays until Saturday 15th February.

Listen to the episode below or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

About Once:

A Broadway and West End hit musical that’s a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other.

Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (who works by day in his dad’s Hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.

As conjured by a score of original Irish-inflected songs, written by the original stars of the film Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the atmosphere is partly a busked concert and partly an aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted. The music, played live by the actors themselves, is alternately beautiful and rousing, and Enda Walsh’s script quietly overwhelms with its sense of spirit, sincerity and solitude.

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