Jack and the Beanstalk in Ipswich
"SOME people like to rock, some people like to roll, but movin' and a groovin' gonna satisfy your soul – let's have a party." This was the musical message delivered to lunchtime diners at Axa's staff restaurant in Ipswich by a big breasted dame, some green-coloured forest folk and a pantomime cow.
"SOME people like to rock, some people like to roll, but movin' and a groovin' gonna satisfy your soul – let's have a party."
This was the musical message delivered to lunchtime diners at Axa's staff restaurant in Ipswich by a big breasted dame, some green-coloured forest folk and a pantomime cow.
The impromptu concert was staged by the cast of the new Wolsey Theatre's third rock'n'roll panto Jack and the Beanstalk who took refuge from a lunchtime downpour and entertained diners with some classic rock and roll.
The cast features the new Wolsey's favourite panto Dame Nick Haverson not only providing lead vocals but also supplying a steady backbeat on the drums.
The extroverted Dame Dolly Durden turned on the charm for the diners as he danced around in front of the multi-talented band before disappearing behind the drum-kit.
Many were amazed at the way that his security pass was cheekily clipped to, what was obviously, a surgically enhanced left breast.
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The show, co-written and directed by the new Wolsey's artistic director Peter Rowe, features such all-time greats as Get Off Of My Cloud, Reach Out, Stupid Cupid, Hit The Road Jack, I'll Be There, Walk On By and The Sweetest Feeling.
Polly Fishwick, Axa's community leader, said: "We are delighted to host our neighbours on Civic Drive who have provided some wonderful lunchtime entertainment. I think it has come a big surprise to us all. It has certainly gone down very well and who knows it may start a trend. We may have some lunchtime jazz in future."
New Wolsey chief executive Sarah Holmes said: "We wanted to spread the word about our new rock'n'roll pantomine and share some of the amazing music with the people of Ipswich but the torrential rain put paid to our plans to perform on the Cornhill. Fortunately Axa came to our rescue and we have had a wonderful time here."
The cast includes a mix of old Wolsey stalwarts including Rebekah Hughes who played Nanas the Monkey in Aladdin, Wendy Parkin who was the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Matt Elliot who was the storyteller in Aladdin as well newcomers like Jonny Hynes – who makes his professional stage debut as Jack.
Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the new Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, from December 4 to January 24. The box office can be reached on 01473 295900.