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Haverhill puppeteer Laura Bacon returns to her home town with Britain's Got Talent star Patsy May




A show featuring a Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist that received a five-star review when it was staged in London last year is to makes its debut in Haverhill.

A Festive Evening with Patsy May will take place at Haverhill Arts Centre from 8pm on Thursday, December 5.

The creation of Haverhill-raised puppeteer Laura Bacon, New Yorker Patsy May made a bit of a stir in the national media back in 2014 when she made it through to the penultimate stage of Britain's Got Talent.

Patsy May will be making a festive appearance at Haverhill Arts Centre on December 5. Contributed picture
Patsy May will be making a festive appearance at Haverhill Arts Centre on December 5. Contributed picture

Up until now Laura, who is London based, had not brought Patsy May to Haverhill for a theatre show, something that is soon to change.

Given that 'An Evening with Patsy May' received a five-star review from LondonTheatre1.com after it was staged at the Museum of Comedy last November, the arts centre audience should be in for a treat.

The performance also comes five months after another of Laura's creations, the 'good ol' Suffolk gal' Mavis, went down a storm at the arts centre.

Laura said: "It is very similar to the Mavis show in the sense that it is hosted by a puppet but it's split up into lots of different segments because I can't hold my arm up for an hour and a half.

"I came up with the idea a year or so ago that I could do a show and split it up by showing videos and each video led into the next scene and by doing that you give your arm a rest and it really makes it varied every ten minutes.

"I've not taken the original Patsy show to Haverhill. I did do it in London but it should be a nice way of having some comedy and a little banter with the audience and some fun."

Read our review HERE of the Mavis show in June.

Laura points out that the Patsy May show is more adult than the Mavis one and it will feature a couple of friends on stage.

Dickie Dawes will be performing some duets with Patsy May and Kelly Mepham, a well-known figure in Haverhill's Centre Stage Company, is also going to be making a cameo appearance.

Laura added: "I've had lots of puppeteer friends who have made contributions to the videos.

"There will be lots of banter. We try to get the audience involved as much as we can.

"It's like a variety show with Patsy really."

It may even be that Mavis will make a guest appearance in the show, especially as her appearance in June was so well received and 'so much fun', added Laura.

Last year, Laura also worked on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a ten-part dark fantasy/adventure series produced by Netflix and The Jim Henson Company that was released at the end of August

It's cast includes many household names, including Taron Egerton (who recently played Elton John in the biopic, Rocketman), Toby Jones, Helena Bonham-Carter, Mark Hamill and Simon Pegg.

Laura said: "It was such a great experience. I didn't do any main characters but i was doing background characters.

"It was amazing to be a part of a company (The Jim Henson Company) that I always wanted to work for."


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