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Everyone onÂ Islington Faces BlogÂ has a story, including Hazel – philosopher, critic and Renaissance dog, aka the theatre dog at the Park Theatre.Â Â Here Hazel discusses the big topics: squirrels, snacks and her stage debut inÂ Sleeping BeautyÂ panto (until 19 Jan 2014). InterviewÂ byÂ Nicola BairdÂ (with some help from Jez & Melli Bond)
What â€˜s your Sleeping Beauty part?
My character is called Colin. Â She is a dog who is friends with an old lady – we are stuck in a snow storm so I have to be brave.
Is this your first stage role?
Yes this is my debut – though I have been on stage for my mum and dad’s speeches (Melli and Jez Bond who set up the Park Theatre. Jez is Creative Director and co-wrote Sleeping Beauty) and I am an avid theatre goer.
Were do you hang out in the theatre normally?
I enjoy both the cafe on ground level and upstairs bar – there is a lovely spot on the upper mezzanine that gets gorgeous and warm and I often soak up the warmth there – I also love my bed in my office.
What do you think of getting your own grotto?
It was pretty amazing I have to say. I like sleeping in there pre-show and during the interval. It’s a fantastic space – Adam our technical manager built it especially for me – the Park family really understand the kind of things I like and I am really loved – I’m a lucky girl.
Can we talk to you or pat you if we come to the cafÃ© or theatre?
Yes I’m always available for a stroke and a chat. I’m very laid back and chat with everyone really.
Do you mind other dogs visiting?
Oh I love other guest dogs. I like to greet them and say Hi. I wish more would visit – luckily people are getting to know that all animals are welcome in my theatre.
Howâ€™s Twitter been for you?
Twitter lets me muse over the day-to-day sentiments of every person, which gives me a sense of the modern theatre society – plus it suits me, as my attention span goes if I see a squirrel so I don’t really tweet a lot when I’m outsideÂ .Nature’s beauty does leave me awe inspired and when people tweet outdoor photos and things about nature that makes me smile.
You can follow Hazel onÂ @ParkTheatreDog
Whereâ€™s a good place to go for a walk near the Park Theatre?
Finsbury park – it’s got everything you need. Crows, squirrels, ducks and odd bits of food lying around – plus other friendly dogs to have a natter
What do you like about Islington?
I really love north London – it has the friendliest dogs. At the moment I live in Muswell Hill and I love Alli Pally.
What treats do you hope to enjoy more of in 2014
More swimming because that’s just amazing, I’d like to be involved in another production – maybe a one night comedy gig. I wouldn’t mind having a go at stand up, I mean I sit really well, so how hard could stand up be?
- Follow Hazel’s career on twitter @ParkTheatreDog
- Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP wwwparktheatre.couk Â 020 7879 6876
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