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Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist returns to Haverhill with a one-off show

A puppeteer from Haverhill will be returning to her home-town to perform a brand new show with her Suffolk old lady fox, Mavis.

Laura Bacon, who now lives in London, was a semi finalist in Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 with her American puppet character Patsy May.

Since her appearance on Britain's Got Talent ( Laura has been working professionally as a puppeteer on a few film and TV projects, some in Germany and The Netherlands, had training at Sesame Street in New York, andhas been working on film and TV projects from Disney/Lucasfilm and an upcoming Netflix show from the Jim Henson company.

Laura Bacon with Mavis during the filming of a video in East Town Park in Haverhill. Contributed picture.
Laura Bacon with Mavis during the filming of a video in East Town Park in Haverhill. Contributed picture.

Patsy is also still going strong, and last November Laura received a five-star review for her show, An Evening with Patsy May at the Museum of Comedy in London, when the act she followed on to the stage was Paul Merton.

On Saturday, June 15, however, Laura will be bringing her new one-off show, 'An Everso Lovely Evening with Mavis' to Haverhill Arts Centre (a flavour of what Mavis is all about can be seen here;


Laura said: "Mavis is a typical old local gal with a strong Suffolk accent, (who is based on my late grandmother and a few other Suffolk characters from my life) exploring the cultural sights of the county, and has an occasional spot for discussion on BBC Radio Suffolk.show where the audience can relax and join in the chat about local history and Suffolk stories.

"The host, Mavis, is actually a puppet, but this is definitely not a show aimed just at children.

"They might be entertained visually, but Mavis will be reminiscing about times gone by and exploring Haverhill and Suffolk history.

"The show will include guest speakers, lots of various short entertaining videos, music, fun and games.

"It’s a one off, but locals will really enjoy immersing themselves and discovering the positive aspects of their homeland."

With Laura having to put on every aspect of the show herself, she admits it has been 'hard work.'

She said: "It's been a lot of work. If it goes well maybe I will do another but at the moment its just a one-off to see if it works.

"I want to make it feel like you are hanging out with a relative."

For tickets to the show call 01440 714140 or visit www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk.

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