Q & A with Parisa Shahmir

Currently playing Alwyn in Fisherman's Friends The Musical

Having been on tour with Fisherman’s Friends for some time now, is there a particular highlight so far?

A huge highlight for me is having a song that I wrote in the show. The Tidal Pool, which I sing in act 2 was added to the show after our first development run in Cornwall in 2021, and it really is a pinch me moment every night. It’s also been so great to have the show touring the country and having so many friends be able to come and see it!


You play Alwyn, the daughter of Jim.  How would you describe your character?

Alwyn is a singer and songwriter who plays in the village pub and also runs the local B&B. She values the simple things in life, the sea and the sunset, even though her gran is always pushing her to shoot for the stars and put herself out there. I think a small part of her wants that, but fear and uncertainty holds her back at times. She’s beautifully complicated and stubborn but also has a gentle side once you break through the hard exterior. Music is her life and something incredibly personal and valuable to her - something she and I have in common!


Not only have you toured all over the UK, Fisherman’s Friends The Musical also travelled to Canada.  How was that experience and how did the Canadian audiences respond to the show?

Doing the show in Canada was wild! We had such a lovely time and we’re very surprised at how well the show was received over there - mainly because we didn’t know if the essence of the show would translate. But it went down incredibly well - we played to full houses most nights and the crowds were so fantastic!


Do you have a favourite song from the show apart from your solo song, Village by the Sea?

One of my favourites to listen to is Sea Fever which is sung by Robert Duncan who plays Jago. He’s remarkable and the song itself and arrangement is so beautiful!


Do you remember where your love for performing came from and what was your first professional job?

I’ve been singing ever since I was a child for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Scotland and moved to Hertfordshire when I was 13.  My mum enrolled me in an after school Stage Coach program to make friends and my singing teacher there got me absolutely hooked on musicals. And the rest is history! My first professional job was a week West End debut playing in the ensemble of the Cool Rider Live concert which premiered at the Duchess Theatre in London. I was still in drama school at the time and the gig fell on my birthday so it was a really special moment for me!

Fisherman's Friends The Musical continues on tour until the 20th May 2023

Tickets and tour dates are available here: Dropping anchor in a city near you! Book your tickets online today! (fishermanonstage.com)

Video from the original 2021 production

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