PAULUS: Looking For Me Friend
Published on: Wed, 29/09/2021 - 15:32
Cabaret Performer & TV Personality, PAULUS (BBC’s All Together Now), enters his 30th year in entertainment with a loving tribute to his idol: the late, great Victoria Wood. Joined on stage by sought-after Musical Director, and old friend, Michael Roulston (Fascinating Aida, Julie, Madly, Deeply), together the two prove what many have known for decades; that it takes two men to do the work of one woman – half as well!
Initially an hour-long performance, curated for the Edinburgh Festival, PAULUS will remind us of 12 of Victoria’s best-loved songs through the decades, 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.
As well as the songs, PAULUS explores the musicality of Victoria’s sketches and catchphrases, the northern accent and the modern ‘Polari’ that has evolved amongst her legions of fans through the quoting of her enormous body of work.
Directed by multi-award-winning cabaret star and close friend Sarah-Louise Young (An Evening Without Kate Bush; Julie Madly Deeply), Looking For Me Friend is a nostalgic hour of entertainment filled with love, laughter and fabulous memories for Victoria Wood fans, as well as the ultimate ‘Beginners Guide’ for audiences new to her work.
PAULUS aka Paul L Martin has been performing in theatre and cabaret for 30 years. Trained in musical theatre, he has won awards for his acting, producing and promoting work within the fields.
He has performed across the world, including Berlin, Paris, Melbourne, Rome, New York, Dublin, Nicaragua and extensively around the UK. He is best known to many as the hard-to-impress judge on BBC’s award-winning TV show, ALL TOGETHER NOW as well as previously working as a talent judge, mentor and presenter for C4 and Sky.
A spokesperson for The Hub at St Mary's says: "We’re delighted to be bringing you this show in association with Lichfield Festival Friends so head on down to The Hub for a Saturday evening full of warmth, affection, laughter and nostalgia and enjoy the combined talents of Victoria Wood and PAULUS. Come on… ’Let’s Do It!!"
Tickets for the show, at £15 are available online thehubstmarys.co.uk or pop in and see the team at The Hub.
Date: 9 October Time: 8pm
Photography credit: S. Ullathorne
Sponsors: In association with Lichfield Festival Friends