Just Jay Dance bring chart-toppers to Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge
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Singer and dancer Jay Austin will honour his late father this weekend - by staging the concert he’d been encouraging him to do for years.
The 30-year-old from Ipswich, who teaches dance across the town, has been planning the show for around five years but finding the time and money to book a theatre was always a problem. Until now.
“I lost my dad, John, in January, it was very sudden. He had cancer and his liver perforated. He was always telling me ‘you need to get this show sorted’.
“So I thought right, I’m doing it for him - I want to make him proud. Some of the money he left me is paying for the theatre, so in a way he’s part of the show.”
Ipswich Has Got Talent 2014 winners Jay, Vicky Bevan, Laura Pegg, Kirsty Wells, Annette Le Couteur, Nat Lanchester and Abi Leonard are staging Poptastic: The Ultimate Tribute Show at Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre this Saturday.
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They will perform songs from Bruno Mars, Little Mix, High School Musical, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Olly Murs, Ariana Grande, LMFAO, Taylor Swift, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj and more.
“We do Uptown Funk, Shake It Off, Roar, Black Magic, Poison, there’s a One Direction mix.... There are about 27-28 different numbers. We want people cheering, clapping, standing up.
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“For children there’ll be parts of the show where they’ll get the chance to win stuff. There are special effects, videos, pyrotechnics, bubbles...
“It’ll be nice for the girls too. We’ve done gigs in so many places, pubs, clubs, backrooms, fields... This is our own, proper show rather than being part of somebody elses.”
Jay is looking to donate some of the proceeds from Saturday’s show to a charity caring for people with cancer.
“We won Ipswich Has Got Talent last year and money we got from that went to St Elizabeth Hospice, even though my dad wasn’t in a hospice.
“The fact people have to live knowing what’s going to happen. I only had a week of dealing with that, but to go through that for eight months to a year, I can’t imagine that.”
Poptastic: The Ultimate Tribute Show starts at 2.30pm and again at 7.30pm, at Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, this Saturday.