In two months’ time, Kiwi actress Siobhan Marshall will marry her comedian BF Millen Baird.
But the gorgeous blonde doesn’t have much downtime to concentrate on her pending nuptials. She’s taking to the boards for her debut with The Auckland Theatre Company, starring alongside Rima Te Wiata and Peter Hayden in British playwright Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The show launches on July 21 at the Q Theatre.
Marshall is one of New Zealand’s most-loved and busiest actresses, with small-screen credits including Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons and Blue Rose.
"I have in the past grappled with stage-fright so, to get used to performing in front of a room full of people, I’ve recently thrown caution to the wind and done a few more scary things like singing at weddings and public speaking at events," she told Spy.
"The character I play, Siobhan — I know — often acts as the narrator throughout the play and speaks directly to the audience, so, I’d better get over it eh!"
The play took London’s West End by storm, then toured to New York, winning major theatre awards in both continents.
It centres on a 15-year-old boy, Christopher, who after discovering his neighbour’s dead dog Wellington, killed by a pitchfork, decides he’ll record each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered the dog.
"I was excited to find out I’d be working with Rima," she said.
"She has been doing this for a while now . . . 35 years. She is kind and supportive and has lots of great advice. When you get to work with people with huge talent and experience there is so much to learn. Peter Hayden is also in the cast and he’s someone else who is hugely experienced.
"I feel really lucky and I’m enjoying working with everyone in the cast, it’s such a nice supportive environment."
Marshall proudly told Spy her wedding plans were also on track.
"I’m loving engaged life," she said. "Not long to go now, two months.
"I’ve got my dress, Sally Eagle in Wellington is making it, and my fitting is next weekend. All my bridesmaids are getting sorted with their dresses. The groom and groomsmen are all sorted.
"Everything is on track! Phew, as I’m a bit busy at the moment."