Sid & Valerie
Old time vaudevillian, tap dancer and acrobat, Sid Lester helped make Variety great and now he wants one last shot. He is resentfully assisted by his daughter Valerie, eager to launch a new career as a singer-stroke- impressionist and leave her job as a taxi cab controller behind.
Sid's performance style is influenced by his old chums Tadeusz Kantor and Tommy Cooper and Valerie's by Shirley Bassey. Together they attempt to entertain with balloons, a raffle, talking birds, toffees, some singing, jokes, a shuffle-step-hop, guest spots and interactive games. The show also contains family dynamics.
Sid & Valerie is about wishing a small life big and is performed by Sue MacLaine and Emma Kilbey from an original idea by Sue MacLaine.
Sid and Valerie appeared in the Sid Lester Christmas Special along with Liz Aggiss, Greg Mickelborough, Craig Matthewson, Janine Fletcher, Helen Rogers, Tommy Tickle, Victoria McManus, Brighton Brass Band, Lisa Wolfe and Ronnie Barker (the dog). The set was designed and built by Lucy Bradridge with help from Ivan Discs and Elsie McCulloch. Sally Kennedy provided backstage support and Marco Nardi the sign language interpretation. Joe Murray filmed the show on both nights and Mark Schofield edited the footage. (see below)
We received great support from the Dome programming and production teams. We had a great time and so did the audience. Many thanks to all who attended and brought their Christmas spirit. We are now developing the 'Special' model for rural touring.
Sprint Festival at Camden People's Theatre
Sid and Valerie will be part of 'Sprint' on March 15th & 16th 2014.
(The initial research and development of Sid Lester was funded by Arts Council England and supported by the Unity Theatre Trust.)