Jo looks to Carry On in Hattie’s footsteps in Wellingborough show

Becoming Hattie
Becoming Hattie
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A thoughtful and affectionate look at the career of one of the most famous names in British comedy comes to The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough.

Becoming Hattie is presented on Wednesday April 27 starting at 7.45pm and takes a caustic approach at modern life in show businesses.

It’s 1974 and 8 year old Jo is snuggled up on the settee in her flammable polyester nightie, watching the family’s first colour TV. Eating arctic roll and reading Jackie magazine, she is idly glancing at the telly when Sykes comes on. Jo is suddenly riveted.

There, on the screen, is a woman unlike anyone Jo has ever seen, a woman unlike anyone else on TV.  Jo knows, in that moment, the woman before her is uniquely like the woman she herself will become.

That woman is Hattie Jacques.

Forty years later and Jo is indeed walking in the footsteps of her idol.

Despite theuncertainty, the periods of unemployment, the agent who seems to care more about raking in a quick buck than advancing her career, Jo is an actress. But is there a place for her in TV, film or theatre? Why does she only get cast as the nurse, never the surgeon?

Why is she always the council estate mum in Casualty with the dodgy kid, the high pony tail and the pack of pitbulls? Why is she too fat to play Lady Macbeth? Can Hattie help Jo find the answers to this modern mystery?

But could it be that nothing has changed for women like Jo since Hattie did Carry On?

For tickets call 01933 270 007 or visit at www.thecastle.org.uk.