Cromer duo to tour the world
All-singing-and-dancing twins Polly and Sophie Duniam from Cromer are set to tour the world with pop legends the Pet Shop Boys.The 22-year-old blondes, who shot to fame as pony-tailed 11-year-olds the Home Farm Twins on children's television, are now carving themselves a career in the pop music - including writing their own songs.
All-singing-and-dancing twins Polly and Sophie Duniam from Cromer are set to tour the world with pop legends the Pet Shop Boys.
The 22-year-old blondes, who shot to fame as pony-tailed 11-year-olds the Home Farm Twins on children's television, are now carving themselves a career in the pop music - including writing their own songs.
They were chosen to be half a four-strong backing line up joining 1980s duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on an 18-month tour that begins in Russia next month.
Sophie said they were thrilled to get the tour, following auditions which involved performing in front of the Boys themselves.
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'We had to sing together unaccompanied, and decided to do one of our own songs We Should Do. It was a bit surreal performing something we had written to the U2 of the pop world,' she explained.
The tour will bring the girls almost back home in July, when it visits the Latitude festival in Suffolk, but ranges across Europe, Asia, America and Australia playing to arena and festival crowds up to 80,000 people.
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The twins have been learning parts of the show before heading off this week for rehearsals, ahead of the tour opening on June 10.
Their last big tour was with the Queen tribute show We Will Rock You in Europe. Apart from a six week excursion by Sophie on the Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins Viva La Diva tour, they always work together.
Sophie added: 'We have a sort of pact that if one gets picked and the other doesn't then we don't do the gig - especially now we are working to build up our own pop act - because it means the sister left behind cannot work.'
As well as their pop band, currently working under the name Platinum Phase, the sisters have also been busy appearing on the videos and live shows of other acts including with Take That on the Brits, and have modelled for fashion guru Gok Wan.
Mum Marlene, a dance studio owner at Cromer where the girls have also performed in the summer pier show when they were younger, said she was proud of their achievements.
'They have developed their style, away from musical theatre and are determined and versatile - able to sing, dance and act, which you need to be in showbusiness these days,' she added.