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Preview: Redcoat at Newcastle Live Theatre


Rule Number 1: You’re never fully dressed without a smile’



Newcastle Live Theatre

Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th October 2021.

Meet Lewis. He’s a Redcoat. Living the dream and living it large in Bognor Regis. He likes to smile and show you a good time. But what happens when you’re having an ‘off day’? And you tell Barney the Dinosaur to piss off (in front of a load of kids)?

Redcoat the highly popular debut show, by theatre-maker and entertainer Lewis Jobson, returns to Live Theatre this October as part of their reopening season, Back to Live. This is an exciting collaboration between Newcastle based theatre company The Six Twenty and Lewis Jobson; presented in association with Live Theatre. Redcoat was the last show to be presented at Live Theatre before the pandemic closed the theatre and is returning with updated sparkle for 2021. Playing for a limited run from Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 October 2021.

Written and performed by Lewis Jobson and directed and co-created by Melanie Rashbrooke, Redcoat is a fun, life-affirming and joy-filled show exploring happiness and our desire to entertain. Loosely inspired by Lewis’ experience as a Butlins Redcoat, this whirlwind of humour mixes storytelling, music and comedy. It’s a coming-of-adult story; about discovering the person you really want to be.

Expect classic holiday tunes, beach parties, dance routines, balloon modelling, karaoke sing-a-longs and that extra special bit of Redcoat sparkle.

First performed as a work-in-progress presentation, as part of Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival in March 2020, The Six Twenty brings you this glittery full length production as Redcoat returns for its larger than life premiere this October.

As writer and performer Lewis Jobson says: “We are back! We are extremely excited to be bringing Redcoat to Live Theatre for its Premiere. Live Theatre is like a second home to me so it's a great privilege to show the wonderful North East this pocket rocket of a show. Redcoat is about being happy, but a little bit about being sad. What it’s like (and how it feels) to never be fully dressed without a smile. It's about memories, it's about new friendships, it's about gagging over ‘The Slushy Guy’, it's about going out into the big bad world of children's entertainment and trying to not lose it in front of a load of kids (and their grown-up’s). And most importantly it's my story...and I can't wait to share it with you all.”

As director and co-creator Melanie Rashbrooke adds: “Redcoat Lewis sets out to make the world a little bit better through his love of entertaining and showing people a good time. Featuring Redcoat Lewis’s trademark charisma and cheeky exuberance this is the show we really need right now.”

Redcoat has been created with, and commissioned by, Live Theatre Associate Company The Six Twenty. Based in Newcastle, The Six Twenty make fun and social creative projects that bring people together for a great night out. Interim Executive Producer of LiveTheatre Graeme Thompson adds: “It’s great to welcome Lewis Jobson and The Six Twenty back with Redcoat. This show is an unashamedly upbeat injection of wonderfulness that will transport you back to heady summer holidays in Bognor Regis. It’s a flash dance down memory lane with the perfect mix of humour and sun blushed nostalgia. Lewis transports you back to some of the best, but horrendously awkward moments of your life. And always with a smile!”

Movement direction is by Alicia Meehan, lighting design by Drummond Orr and sound design by Craig Spence. Suitable for ages 14+ This project was made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


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