Getting to Know me!

Name:

Michael Batten, but most people call me Mikey.

Where are you from? 

Watford, Hertfordshire.

What's your favourite type of music?

I adore Nordic and Scandinavian classical/alternative music, film scores, classical and

musical theatre big band…anything Doris Day too.

What are three songs do you listen to the most?

Northen Lights - Ola Gjeilo

Postcards - Alexandre Desplat

Ich Ging Zu Ihm - Erich Korngold

What was the last TV series you saw? Did you enjoy it?

‘Schitts Creek’ and I loved it. Hilarious Canadian sitcom with one of my favourite actresses, Catherine O’Hara.

What was the last live performance you saw? Did you enjoy it?

‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ with Jennifer Saunders. I just sat open-mouthed watching Jennifer. Pure stagecraft genius.

What's your most used/ favourite app on your phone?

Definitely Apple Music, but Podcasts comes very close. 

Who is your favourite performer? 

Cate Blanchett.

What's your favourite TV series?

Extras.

What's your favourite musical?

‘Mame’ and ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks’ must get a mention. 

What's your favourite song from a musical?

“If I Loved You” from Carousel

What made you start performing?

My aunt and uncle were ballroom dancers, therefore, growing up around them, copying their moves and prancing around the front room fired up my passion to perform. 

Finally, give a funny/ interesting story about a performance you have given...

While playing Jamie in ‘The Last 5 Years’ there was one song in the middle of the show called, ‘A Miracle Would Happen’, which needs to be very comical, or should I say “acted” comedically. On one particular performance we had the lights come on in the auditorium during my best comic rendition of ‘A Miracle Would Happen’ and seated just three feet away from me was a master of comedy, Matt Lucas!!!! And to my horror…he yawned. Hence, why I then went on to scrap the singing and funny roles and played the darkest and mischievous of characters, Dorian Gray and Puck instead. 

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