When you look back to your earliest days on the show, was there anyone in particular who took you under their wing?
It was definitely Pat Phoenix, who really was an amazing lady. She loved the theatre and she knew that I’d come from the West End. I think she realised that I wasn’t just some kid straight out of drama school and that I had, to a certain extent, paid my dues.
It was an amazing time because the show still had all those amazing stars in the cast: Doris Speed, Jack Howarth and Bernard Youens were all there, for instance. It was a real eye-opener. But I didn’t worry too much – because I’d been mixing with actors in the West End for a year, I knew how to behave and when to keep my mouth shut. But it was Pat who gave me the best piece of advice: always remember who you are and remember what you are to other people.
After all you’ve been through, do you feel happier now in your own skin than you ever have before?
I think that’s fair. Being in We Will Rock You makes me feel artistically fulfilled as I get the live buzz singing to 2000 people every night. And, even better, I can go back to Brighton at the end of the evening, get my anonymity back and see my two little girls. What’s not to like?
I don’t regret anything that I’ve done. Sometimes you can get analysis paralysis where you overthink a decision that you’ve made. That can drive you mad. It’s all about acceptance. We all make mistakes and bad calls. It’s what you do afterwards that counts.
Kevin Kennedy’s autobiography, The Street to Recovery, is out now