Hackney Panto Queens: Alexia Khadime (The Book of Mormon) & Rina Fatania (aka MummyJi) talk London & Hackney Panto
We caught up with two of the stars of the Hackney Empire panto: Alexia Khadime who plays Alice the love interest (to a female Dick Whittington), and Rina Fatania who plays the hilarious Fairy Bowbells.
Alexia Khadime is just about to star in The Book of Mormon, 2013’s hottest ticket; Rina is going on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Tell us about your favourite secret/offbeat places in London?
Alexia Khadime: One of my faves is the Park Lane Hotel Afternoon Tea in the ‘Palm Court Lounge’, it’s the perfect spot for tea with friends.
Rina Fatania: Porchester Turkish Baths at Queensway. Best food in London is at Behest Restaurant (Iranian Food), Harrow Road, London.
What offbeat events are on your To Do List in the next month or so?
AK: I’d quite like to go to the V&A Museum to see ‘Hollywood Costume’ – exhibits include the Little Black Dress by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’.
AK: I’d also like to see Fuerzabruta,which is showing at the Roundhouse back by popular demand, and had great reviews! Also, would LOVE to go iceskating.
What are your favourite things to do for free or little money in London?
AK: Victoria & Albert Museum is pretty cool.
What’s your ultimate London confession?
AK: In the Apple Store last Christmas I saw a guy who looked rather familiar, and kept staring at him which probably made him slightly uncomfortable. I was about to go up to him when the penny dropped and I realised it’s not someone I personally know, but it was Colin Jackson!
RF: I was sitting in Häagen–Dazs® enjoying a cone, in walks Chaka Khan, I nearly lost my mind!
What event or product of your own would you like to pimp on To Do List?
AK: Come and see Dick Whittington! 6th January 2013 IS THE LAST DATE, tis the best panto in London, fantastic for the family. Also from 25th February, the hit from broadway ‘The Book of Mormon’ hits the West End!! Both are must sees!
RF: Watch MummyJi Presents, online for free at The Space.
I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.