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Edele and Keavy Lynch hope to bewitch crowds at The Woodville theatre, Gravesend

Singing sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch achieved fame in the late 1990s as part of Irish girl group B*witched and as they prepared for a festive performance in Gravesend, reporter Alex Matthews spoke to them about singing together, playing the bad guy and their love of our sausage rolls.

Pop stars often have a reputation for demanding a list of outlandish requirements backstage, whether it is expensive champagne, exotic flowers, or even a personal chef.

But for the girls from Dublin a treat from The Woodville's very own cafe is enough to keep them, and their family, happy.

Their brother Shane Lynch, who found fame as part of Boyzone and performed at The Woodville as Abanazar in Aladdin last Christmas, is a particular fan of the theatre's fare.

Edele said: “I love it here, the audiences are amazing and the theatre is great.

Edele and Keavy Lynch will be performing in Robin Hood and the babes of the wood at The Woodville in Gravesend

Edele and Keavy Lynch will be performing in Robin Hood and the babes in the wood at The Woodville in Gravesend

"They do the best sausage rolls on the planet in the cafe. My brother Shane makes an excuse to come and see us here so he can get another one.”

Edele and Keavy are playing the witch of the wood and the fairy of the forest respectively in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at The Woodville from December 11.

The pair, who achieved international success with a string of hits including ‘C’est la Vie’, will be singing a duet in the festive production and Keavy said rehearsing and performing together was an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

She said: “It’s exciting because we’re going to spend five weeks together and we haven’t had the chance to do that in about 10 years.”

Robin Hood marks a panto debut for Keavy but Edele is looking forward to taking to The Woodville’s stage for a second time.

She said: “I did Treasure Island at Easter and that was really great and I really enjoyed myself, it’s a different experience to being on stage in the band.”

She explained while she was excited to meet Gravesend crowds again, the occupational hazards of being a "baddie" were slightly disconcerting.

She said: “I’m actually quite worried about being a baddie because I don’t know how it’s going to feel to be booed. Obviously when we were in the band the idea of being booed was terrible.

"I hope I don’t start crying in the middle of the production.”

For information about Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at The Woodville visit www.thewoodville.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01474 337459.

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