Life in the fast lane

Sandra Kent in Fast Woman
Sandra Kent in Fast Woman

Actress Sandra Hunt is taking on the role of a French daredevil in a show to be staged in Crich.

She will play Hellé Nice, colourful character and media darling of the 1920s.

Hellé danced her way to notoriety at the Casino de Paris, posed nude for Parisian photographers and risked her life on the motor racing circuits of Europe and America. She also took part in extreme sports such as skiing, performing high wire acts, mountaineering and attempting speed records.

She was also accused of being a Nazi collaborator.

Sandra Hunt, like Helle Nice, began her career as a dancer performing in cabaret and nightclubs as well as theatres. Sandra says “I have also modelled for my local art group but appeared nude only in the privacy of my own bathroom!”

Her television work includes roles in ‘Cold Feet’, ‘The Street’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Where The Heart Is’ and ‘Doctors’.

Highlights in a long theatrical career are playing celebrity chef Fanny Cradock in her solo show ‘Fanny Cradock - the Life and Loves of a Kitchen Devil’ written by Julia Darling, Mary Granard in the hilarious ‘Lady Molly of Scotland Yard’ and half of the ladies in the moving and delicately funny ‘The Ladies of Cranford’ both adapted by and performed with Rachel Laurence.

Finetime Fontayne is director of Fast Woman which will be staged at the Glebe Field Centre, Crich, on Saturday, February 1, at 7.30pm. A licensed bar and refreshments will be available.

Advance tickets £9 (adults) and £7 (young people 12-16 years), contact 01773 856664.