What do think of the new theatre?
Itâ€™s amazing. Itâ€™s also a real honour to be part of the first show in the new space. I havenâ€™t spent a great deal of time there yet as we donâ€™t move rehearsals there until next week, but you can see already that itâ€™s an amazing performance space with really good sight lines. You know that itâ€™ll be a great experience for the audience.
Whatâ€™s your favourite thing about it?
About the show? Iâ€™m enjoying the challenge of it. I have a background in dance â€“ my career has been in dance for the past 15 years, mainly contemporary dance â€“ so the â€śtriple threatâ€ť of singing, dancing and acting is stretching me. Iâ€™m part of the ensemble chorus as well as Older Billy, so thereâ€™s a fair amount to singing to get to grips with. I did a fair bit of musical theatre in my youth, so itâ€™s not all new
What was it like being part of the photoshoot?
I really enjoyed it. It was great to work with people from other professional backgrounds â€“ models, hair and make-up and and all the fuss that goes with that [laughs].
How are rehearsals coming along?
Really well. Weâ€™ve got another week to fine tune it, but already itâ€™s in really good shape. Itâ€™s a big show â€“ two and a half hours â€“ so thereâ€™s a lot in it, but weâ€™re really pleased with it. Everyone is really looking forward to it.
And how is it to share the stage with the â€śmini meâ€ť young Billy Elliots?
Well, itâ€™s a bit odd at times seeing yourself on stage [laughs], but theyâ€™re great. The three dancers who [take it in turns to] play Younger Billy are all incredibly hard working young men and great performers.
Thanks very much, Daniel. We wish you well with the show â€“ do people still say break a leg?
Yes they do â€“ very much so.
In that case, break a leg!
Daniel Cooper is photographed backstage at the new ASB Waterfront Theatre with MiNDFOOD STYLE cover model Liv Oâ€™Driscoll, who wears new season Hailwood with Prada heels.