Cyprus Mail

Gotta dance!

By Maria Gregoriou

Most of us love tribute acts, most of us wish we could know what it feels like to sing and perform like some of the greats, most of us have been known to watch a few episodes of Eastenders and it is safe to say that all of us love a good night out. The Cyprus set web-series entitled I Gotta Be Me has all that, and some.

The ten episode comedy web-series is narrated by Steve McFadden and follows the life of frustrated soap star, Paul Shah, who is played by Phaldut Sharma from Eastenders. Shah travels to Cyprus to portray his hero Sammy Davis Junior in a Rat Pack tribute show. He is frustrated with playing cab drivers and terrorists on TV and hopes that this gig will give him the chance to shine as an “all singing, all dancing, British-Asian heir to Sammy Davis Junior,” according to the web-series’ website.

This all sound good, but as serious as Shah is to prove his worth to the entertainment business, the community of ex-pat performers he works with really just want to have some fun in the sun.

These co-stars include an Elton John impersonator, a former police officer, a private security guard, and a former Stars in Their Eyes contestant.

The series director, Steven Bloomer explains that the series is ”an ode to Cyprus as much as the Rat Pack, as Shah goes on an emotional road trip around the island: from Paphos to Ayia Napa, Nicosia and Troodos before reuniting with the Rat Pack for two shows at Oroklini and Pomos.”

The first three episodes have already been released with over 10,000 views across Facebook and Youtube. This month another three episodes will be released and on Thursday a crowdfunding campaign will also be launched on Kickstarter to raise the money necessary to complete the series. Also on Thursday the next episode will be screened in the UK.

So as this series is very close to home and because we might just see someone we know participating in the series – or even ourselves in the background – why not see what the comical take on show business is all about on

I Gotta Be Me
A Cyprus set web-series. Can be viewed on

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