MOST people dream, as they near retirement, of the day they can hang up their shoes and sit back for a bit of well-deserved rest. Not, it appears, Wayne Sleep.
“This is what I was born to do,” he explains. “I did have the opportunity a few years ago to stop because I had a bad hip. But I had a total hip replacement last year so that’s why I can still do all this.
“It’s been incredible.”
The dancer’s hips will be put through their paces when he returns to the Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton later this month with his autobiographical show Precious Little Sleep.
He last appeared at the theatre in Cabaret in 2009.
The publicity for the evening suggests the 62-year-old will act as narrator – but he says that’s just one of his roles.
“I sing three numbers,” he reveals. “One from Cabaret, one from Cats and a Billy Elliot number. I also do seven or eight dance numbers.
“It’s a retrospective of my life and I talk about combating lack of height, because I was too small but I kept going.
“It’s a message of inspiration hopefully.”