An Interview with Donna Hazelton

dc51139fdae9acf9867d4e302f8134d3250dac24.jpgHello Donna, so where ya from & where ya at, geographically speaking?
I’m originally from Lochgelly in Fife but now living in ‘Costa Del Leven’

When did you first realise you could sing?
Well my mother’s family were all singers and in fact my grandad recorded a 78rpm record back in the 40’s. And as a child we were all encouraged to get up and ‘do a turn’ so I guess you could say I was pretty young when I realised I could get up on a stage and belt out a number or 2.

Why musical theatre?
I have always loved the fantasy of musical theatre. I think its just the escapism of it all. I mean where else in the world does someone burst into a song and dance routine in the middle of a story?

You’ve just been washed up on a desert island with three good films & a solar-powered TV/DVD combo. Which would they be?
Ach that’s a hard one!! Probably a Sony if I was honest!! Haha I guess my 3 favourite films would be ‘Ghost’, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and ‘Our Wedding’ (which was shot in Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline when I married my husband, Jon, on stage!)

Back in 2014 you won Channel 4’s Musicality programme. What effect did this have on your career?
Well actually up until that time I was doing cabaret in clubs and some local amateur theatre. Musicality changed my life and gave me the chance to perform in the West End, tour Europe, Dubai and the UK and to make life long friends. I’ve been very lucky to do something I love doing.

What does Donna Hazelton like to do when she’s not being theatrical?
When I’m not walking my dog Bella, I enjoy playing in the dressing up box and watching ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ on the telly!

When it comes to musical theatre, when can you tell you are giving a good performance?
Some people need to be told they’re good but if you’re doing it right, you just know and if people appreciate it then that’s all for the better.

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You have just commenced a tour of GIRLS NIGHT OOT!. Can you tell us about the show?
It’s a full on 2 hours of brilliant, laugh out loud entertainment with great sing along songs as well as a little poignancy……BUY A TICKET AND COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!!

How has it been going so far?
We’ve been on the road with this for over a year now and everywhere we go we gather a few more fans! It just has all the right ingredients for a ‘guid night oot’!

What does the rest of 2017 hold in store for Donna Hazelton?
There’s not really much left of 2017 but what there is will be more performances of GNO and then a lovely family Christmas to look forward to.


You can catch Donna & the rest of the girls this Autumn

Lanark Memorial Hall
Fri 29 Sep

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow
Thu 5 Oct

Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Sat, Oct 7th

Òran Mór, Glasgow
Sun 8 Oct

Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre
Sat 21 Oct

Theatre Royal Dumfries
Sat, Oct 28th

The Brunton, Musselburgh
Thu 9 Nov

Barrfields Theatre, Largs
Fri 10 Nov

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Sat, Nov 11th

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