Spotlight On… Blast From The Past Star, Anthony Kavanagh

Blast From The Past is written  and directed by Anna-Lisa Maree. It is part of Camden Fringe and will be staged at Upstairs At The Gatehouse 16th – 19th August 2016.

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Perhaps best known s 90’s Pop sensation, Kavana – Anthony Kavanagh is throwing down his mic in favour of treading the boards. He’s starring in Blast From The Past, in the role of Danny Tate. I had a chat with the man himself to find out about his new role.

Thank you for talking to Break A Leg, you’re going to be appearing as Danny Tate in Blast From The Past as part of Camden Fringe, tell me about the play and how you came to be involved in it.

Blast From The Past, well, I wouldn’t call it a comedy as such although it’s got moments of comedy in it. It’s based around the real life Nail bombings that took place at the Admiral Duncan Pub in Soho, the gay pub. I’ve worked with the writer and director before and she got in touch to say I’ve got a part called Danny that I think you could play. He’s from the north, he’s a bit of a bad lad but we’re going to find out more about him as the story goes on. I read the script and thought I fancy having a go at this. I’m really looking forward to it and particularly looking forward to performing at the Camden Fringe. I love fringe stuff, it’s slightly more edgy and can cover more subjects.

When you first saw the script what was your first impression of it?

I thought it was a bit Coronation Street meets Shameless, being a northern lad myself it appealed to me. I loved the whole 90’s nostalgia part of it, I was a 90’s kid, that was my era. Obviously in the 90’s I was doing the Pop stuff, everything that the writer has put into the script the writer has got spot on. I remember the old FHM posters in my bedroom and the Spice Girls dolls that came out, all of that is incorporated into this piece.

Have you appeared at Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre, before?

I haven’t, I’ve heard it’s a really cool little venue and I can’t wait to see what it’s like. Have you been there before?

Yes, I have, I went to see Blast From The Past in the London Short Play Festival, last year too.

Did you? I’ve come at it with fresh eyes, I know Anna-Lisa’s lengthened the script and made changes to it, but it’s quite good that I haven’t seen it because I can come into it and give something different to it.

How do you find acting on stage compares to singing on stage?

I started out always being in the Drama class at school and I had a friend called Suranne Jones who has gone on to do Coronation Street and Dr Foster, we were the boy and girl in school who would always be in the plays. I didn’t really discover my musical talent until after that, although I was exposed to the music business from very early on, the age of17. I really love acting, it’s a different discipline to singing, but learning your lines is not much different to learning lyrics. I’ve done musicals before but this is my first play, and it’s good to be playing a naughty character, there’s an edge to him which I like.

Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and see the piece?

It’s a great night out, it’s a great show, there’s lots of laughs. Please come, but don’t thrown any eggs at me for my first experience treading the boards as an actor in a play!

Sending huge thanks to Anthony for his time, I can’t wait to see him storm the stage.


Blast From The Past ~ Press Release

*** Blast From The Past is BACK! Following great critical acclaim at The London Short Play Festival, last year! A link to my review of the shorter version can be found here… ***



Life is far from grim ‘Up North’, Danny’s a Bad Lad, his Mam’s a tart and his brother dresses in women’s clothes; but life is a roller coaster and all of their lives are about to change forever.

It’s April 1999 and London is calling, so fasten your seat-belts and prepare for fashion faux pas, Brit Pop, the Vegas of The North and London’s West End.

Hold on tight and enjoy the ride, because after all none of us are going to get out of this crazy world alive!

This production sensitively tackles the real life event of the nail bomb attack at the ‘Admiral Duncan’ Pub in Soho.

“..the casting was perfect, a definite triumph, and I’m keen to see more of Anna-Lisa Maree’s work…”

Helen McWilliams – Break A Leg Review

“…the overall design is evocative and engaging with some truly spectacular costumes…”

LGBTQ Arts Review

Written & Directed By: ANNA-LISA MAREE


Smash Hits Award Winner

ANTHONY KAVANAGH (Celebrity Big Brother, The Big Reunion)

Critically acclaimed stage & screen actresses JUDY BUXTON & FELICITY DEAN

Drag Artiste: Richard Rhodes ‘aka Sheila Simmonds


Having premiered at the London Short Play Festival in 2015, BLAST FROM THE PAST is back as an hour long production; introducing brand new characters and a stellar cast!

Show taking place at: Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Highgate Village, LONDON, N6 4DB.

Date Time Ticket Price Concessions

Tuesday 16th August 2016 7.30pm £12 £10

Wednesday 17th August 2016 9.15pm £12 £10

Thursday 18th August 2016 7.30pm £12 £10

Friday 19th August 2016 9.15pm £12 £10

Book Tickets via:

020 8340 3488


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