The comedic actress could be set to work with her Absolutely Fabulous co-star in 2019…
Harriet Thorpe is set for a return to the stage alongside her Absolutely Fabulous friend Jennifer Saunders for an upcoming charity comedy night.
The 61-year-old star, who played eccentric work colleague Fleur in the BBC One British sitcom, alongside Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, will be reuniting with Jennifer Saunders as the comedy duo team up to host ZSL’s Roar With Laughter, opposite Christopher Biggins, on Friday [16 November].
The evening of truly wild entertainment will see performances from critically acclaimed comic Nish Kumar alongside Mo Gilligan, Lost Voice Guy, Rob Delaney, Rob Deering and La Voix.
Harriet tells us: “What’s wonderful about this night is it’s about laughter, humour and what’s interesting in life is humour, even when you’re dealing with politics or anything that’s tragic, humour cuts through with a truth and an immediacy that you don’t get with anything else. And throughout history humour has got us through situations faster than anything.”
The question on every Ab Fab fan lips is will we see Harriet and Jennifer working together again in 2019 and it could be set to happen.
Harriet teases: “I couldn’t possibly say. We’ve known each other for 40 years since drama school so we’re great mates and we hang around a lot anyway.”
Harriet admits it’s difficult for female comedians to get the exposure needed to help their careers. She explains: “It’s exciting for me to bring some more pals in. What I’m interested in life nowadays is more diversity and more women. I think there are many amazing wonderful women out there and sometimes they don’t get the showcasing that they should.”
So will she be writing down some new gags to perform on the night? Harriet tells us: “When you co-host something you go off the vibe of the evening, of course it’s not scripted because you’re hosting and introducing people and it’s about the buzz and the feeling you get from the audience and the thrill of the night. It’s such a wonderful cause and inspirational.”
The ever-popular event raises vital funds to target the illegal wildlife trade, supporting ZSL’s work across the world to protect endangered species. Elephants, rhinos and tigers face threats from the illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction and climate change, and urgent action is needed to ensure their survival. Conservation charity ZSL is working in more than 50 countries to tackle these threats and protect animals to safeguard a future.
Harriet continues: “When I was a little girl and I went to the zoo you could ride on a camel – that was normal – you’d have camel walks but that’s all changed. The whole definition of what the zoo is and what it does now is so profoundly different and so moving in all the things that it achieves in our world on a daily basis, conservation and everything they do is a really important dynamic change in the last decade that’s brought it to where we are today, that’s the survival of our planet and the animals.”
When we asked if performing to a live audience was scarier than doing TV, Harriet explains: “As an actor, a live audience is the most control and connection that we ever have with our audience and it’s the most thrilling time because it’s you and them and it’s in the moment and you can’t put me on pause and you can’t go and make a cup of tea. I love all the things that I do, I love to do film, television, films and musical theatre, but the thing in film and television if somebody doesn’t like something they can have the back of your head and you can arrive on the cutting room floor – nobody can do that in theatre, once you’re on, you’re on, and actually it’s the most thrilling thing.”
Roar with Laughter will take place at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on Friday 16 November, doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start.
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