Paulus brings Victoria Wood to Suffolk

by | Feb 14, 2024 | Comedy

Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood, the celebration of the music of the late comedy genius and national treasure written and performed by Paulus (‘The Cabaret Geek’, BBC1’s All Together Now and ‘King of Cabaret’ The Stage), is coming to the Quay Theatre in Sudbury on Sunday 24 March (7:30pm), as part of a 2024 Spring/Summer tour.

Directed by multi-award-winning cabaret artist Sarah-Louise Young (An Evening Without Kate Bush), the show is filled with love, laughter and fabulous memories for Victoria Wood fans as well as the ultimate ‘beginner’s guide’ for audiences new to her work. 

Many of Victoria Wood’s best-loved songs through the decades are featured including It Would Never Have Worked, Reincarnation and, of course, the classic Ballad of Barry & Freda (Let’s Do It), as well as some of her lesser-known and more poignant compositions. 

The acclaimed pianist Michael Roulston (Fascinating Aida) joins Paulus on stage, proving what many have known for decades: that it takes two men to do the work of one woman – half as well! 

Paulus said: “As we embark on our fifth year travelling the UK to celebrate a lost, much-loved friend, I’m more excited than ever to meet fellow fans of the unforgettable Victoria Wood, and to introduce a whole new generation to her wit, wisdom and word-play.”

Paulus, ‘The Cabaret Geek’, is an entertainer and educator specialising in cabaret. Best known for his appearances on BBC1’s All Together Now as a talent judge, his musical tribute to Victoria Wood premièred in London in 2020. For fifteen years, Paulus had close ties to the cult London cabaret venue The Battersea Barge, producing many cabarets for them including the hugely successful talent contest Cheese ‘n’ Crackers, Diva Nite and their annual adult pantomimes. For ten years, Paulus ran the entertainment agency Excess All Areas (formerly Better Chemistry) and under this banner he spearheaded the annual Cabaret Convention and London Cabaret Awards. His expertise has been sought to judge many talent competitions including National Burlesque Awards, Drag Idol for Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Pride’s Got Talent, Musical Comedy Awards and Burlesque Idol at The Hippodrome Casino. 

Looking for me Friend
‘Looking for me Friend’ – The Victoria Wood Celebration Tour Dates:

16 Mar – The Bungalow, Paisley
17 Mar – The Maltings, Berwick
24 Mar – Quay Theatre, Sudbury
03 Apr – Albany Theatre, Coventry
05 Apr – Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool
11 Apr – Grove Theatre, Eastbourne
12 Apr – East Point Pavilion, Lowestoft
13 Apr – Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
17 Apr – Lowther Pavilion Theatre, Lytham St Annes
26 Apr – Selby Town Hall
27 Apr – Otley Courthouse
10 May – Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
12 May – Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs
23 May – The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
25 May – Ludlow Piano Festival
29 May – King’s Hall Ilkley
31 May – Ropery Hall, the Ropewalk, Barton-upon-Humber
02 Jun – Crazy Coqs, London
08 Jun – Bolton Gate Farm, Stoke-on-Trent
29 Jun – Thimblemill Library, Smethwick
05 Jul – Ripon Theatre Festival

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