How are you at learning lines as well as dance moves?
Ashley: Pretty good! Sam is good, he had a lot of acting experience when he was younger. There has been quite a lot of script learning.
Jordan: I’ve forgotten lines a few times on TV presenting. I’ve gone to announce an act and forgotten their name before and that’s really awkward.
Where are your favourite places to eat in Essex?
Jordan: So if you want a really good burger, Smokin’ Griddle or Mangetout in Southend is really good.
Ashley: Le Benaix that’s a really nice restaurant.
Jordan: Yeah that’s if you want to be posh. The Anchor in Hullbridge is really nice.
Warren: The Peterboat in Leigh-on-Sea.
So a lot of you now have children in your life, how is it balancing rehearsals with family life?
Jordan: I’ve got two kids, Ash has a daughter, Warren’s got his daughter, Tel’s got one on the way, my boy is the oldest one. So in the past year, since last May, there’s been a dynamic shift. There used to be dogs in rehearsals but now there’s babies coming to the studio and shows. Where we’ve kind of all done it at the same time, everyone gets it and it feels weird to now imagine us without kids.
What is your advice for children who might want to start dancing?
Jordan: Not to sound like Nike, but I think you’ve just got to do it. I feel like it can stop someone if they feel scared, you can think of a thousand excuses but you have just got to try.
Ashley: And work hard as well. I think a lot of people feel like because of YouTube or watching talent shows that you get a routine together, you put it out there and people think they’re good, but we danced for I don’t know how many years before all of that. So just work hard, week in week out and it’ll work for you.
Do you have any exciting projects coming up for 2020?
Ashley: Yeah we do actually, we’ve got a few new things. Jordan’s doing The Greatest Dancer, I’m doing Dancing on Ice, I’ve got a show coming out on Channel 4 called Flirty Dancing which should be good. We’ve got a few live bits and pieces coming up. We’re back at Butlins doing our summer run where we’re teaching academies and workshops and doing shows. It’s already a busy year!
Favourite song right now? Stormzy - Take Me Back To London
Favourite restaurant? Nandos!
Jordan: Sausage and Egg McMuffin
Ashley: Eggs Benedict
Perrie: Poached egg and avocado on toast
Summer or winter? Summer
Describe the last 10 years in three words? ‘As a group’
Robin Hood and the Merry Men takes place at the Cliffs Pavilion from 13th December 2019 until 4th January 2020. Ticket prices from £13 - £43.50.
T: 01702 667621, southendtheatres.org.uk