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Preview: Nobody’s Perfect

Nobody's Perfect

Blackpool has a long and proud history of men masquerading as women in the arts. From the Tower Circus and pantomimes at the theatres to drag acts at Funny Girls and other clubs there has been a lot of entertainment to be had from cross-dressing. Upholding this tradition is Nobody’s Perfect, the latest Talking Scarlet production which comes to Blackpool Grand Theatre Tuesday 4 October to Saturday 8 October 2016.

Harriet Copeland runs a feminist publishing house called ‘Love Is All Around’ and is holding a competition to find new romantic fiction written by women only. Leonard Loftus is desperate to get his books published, but since Harriet keeps sending his manuscripts back because he is a man, he decides to take matters into his own hands…

Eager to have his writing acknowledged, Leonard finally submits a manuscript based on his experience as a single parent, using a female pseudonym. Harriet is thrilled by the work and insists on meeting the writer so she can hand over the prize money and get a signature on a contract. In order to collect the money, Leonard must pretend that his alter ego really exists. And the only way he can do that is by dressing up as a woman. With Leonard’s teenage daughter and father in cahoots, the deception unfolds and the laughs follow suit.

Nobody’s Perfect stars Leah Bracknell and Stephen Beckett.  Leah is best known for her sixteen years playing Zoe Tate in Emmerdale, and has also appeared in Judge John Deed, Casualty and Doctors. Stephen played Dr Matt Ramsden in Coronation Street and Mike Jarvis in The Bill.

This production follows the run of SWAP by the same company at The Grand earlier in the summer (you can see the review here). On the face of it a similarly fun night of farce but with a romantic twist is in store, especially if you enjoyed Mrs Doubtfire, Tootsie or the rich comedy seam exploited by Dick Emery, Little Britain and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Nobody’s Perfect runs from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 October. Showings are at 7.30pm, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £14.50 for matinees, and from £16.50 for evening performances. Concessions are £2 off. Under 26 tickets for £12.50 are available weekdays only.

Further details and bookings are available online or on 01253 290190.

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