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Ten questions for… Saikat Ahamed

Peter Pan: Saikat Ahamed in rehearsals

Saikat Ahamed is currently appearing in Peter Pan.


  1. Tell us a bit about your character in Peter Pan.
    The main character I play is Tinker Bell, a fairy who’s best friends with Peter, until Wendy comes along. Awkward!
  2. Is there a scene you particularly enjoy performing?
    All the scenes as Tink – as I call her – are fun but I really enjoy first meeting the Darling children. Tinker Bell is not what they were expecting.
  3. Do you have a favourite line?
    Loka di clow glir bud! – Speak to the hand girlfriend! Did I mention that Tinker Bell speaks in the fairy language?
  4. What’s your favourite thing about working at the NT?
    The staff are so knowledgeable and also so welcoming. It's a big place so it's always great to see so many smiling faces. 
  5. Do you have a favourite spot here?
    I do love the green room [the backstage bar] with its lovely cosy sofas and puppet birds swooping down from the ceiling. 
  6. Who is your backstage hero?
    So many! If I had to choose one, I'd go with Jo Phipps [an assistant stage manager on Peter Pan]. Not only does she always make sure I'm in the right place in the building at the right time (did I say it's a large place?) but she also helps sort out our many costumes, which is no mean feat.
  7. Do you have any pre-show rituals?
    Play a nice bit of appropriate music for the character. For Tinker Bell I'm thinking some punk followed by a lullaby, or maybe the other way around. 
  8. What’s the most memorable on-stage moment you’ve seen or been part of that has made a lasting impression on you?
    I saw Mark Rylance play Romeo when I was still at school. That was rather special. 
  9. If you could perform alongside one person, living or dead, who would it be?
    My Dad, who, as well being a GP, wrote and acted in many plays. He passed away fairly recently and it would be lovely to spend some more time with him doing something we both love. 
  10. Finally, describe Peter Pan in three words.
    Nieberlung boomly voosh!



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