LIAM Tamne dreamed a dream, it led him to the West End stage where he appeared in hit musicals such as Wicked, Hairspray and Les Miserables. Then the BBC One talent search The Voice came calling and he was discovered by the viewing public.
Next week, the 30-year-old is back on stage, this time as Frank n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse.
It’s not a role he ever imagined playing, until the offer came in and he decided the time was right... Don’t dream it, be it!
“I never would have thought of playing this role,” he admits.
“I’d always played romantic leads. When they contacted me to meet the director Chris Luscombe I was nervous, but my agent was fantastic and said, ‘It’s up to you, but it will let people see you more as an actor’.
“So I met Chris. Then I went in for the second time to meet Richard and the producers and they came back with an offer.
“The funny thing is, I’d never actually seen the show until I got the job. When I did I thought, ‘Oh my god! What have I let myself in for, this is crazy’.”
Like those who have played the role before him, Tamne brings his own interpretation to the Sweet Transvestite.
“I don’t feel the make-up should be pretty and the costume is very jarring because he is not a woman. He is a man. A sexual being who is animalistic and slightly psychotic in his belief that he is the ultimate supreme being - a god who can do anything,” the actor explains.
“He’s an alien, he doesn’t know how to be human and so has watched all these classic old B-movies to learn how humans behave... he visualises being human from the moments he remembers from these films.”