LIVE THEATRE: JABS
November 4 @ 19:30pm - 21:00pm£6 – £10
If ever a play was guaranteed to connect with every single member of your audience right now … its JABS.
We’ve all been on the receiving end. But what is life like at the other end of the syringe?
When work fell off a cliff for the singer and comedienne Sally Tonge in March 2020, she took the unlikely step of retraining as an NHS vaccinator. She quickly realised that her Covid-19 vaccination pod was the smallest theatre in the world … and that the procession of people stepping into it were pure comedy gold.
JABS is played largely for affectionate laughs … with a few gentle moments of poignancy, a smattering of new songs and a touch of audience participation (because we all know what we have to do!)
It’s also a love letter to the NHS.
Sally plays herself … whilst actors Christina Cubbin and Paul Wilkinson portray an assortment of 16 characters who appear in her pod for a few minutes each.
The play is scripted and directed by Chris Eldon Lee (BBC Radio Four producer and founder member of the veteran comedy group ‘Three Men In A Bowtie’).
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Sally Tonge is a storyteller, musician and community artist. She has been working in educational, health and community settings for over 20 years. Past stage plays include Silhouette, Shakespeare’s Will (which toured to Elsinore Castle in Denmark), Ursula, Queen of the Jungle (in Edinburgh and India) Atlantic Ladies and Shrewsbury’s Finest Hour. She sings, plays guitar and tells jokes in Three Men In A Bowtie and musical duo Daylevel … and is a regular artist for Music in Hospitals.
Comedy actor Christina Cubbin made her stage debut aged 9 playing Morgan le Fay in her Junior School’s critically acclaimed production of King Arthur. More recent work includes The Railway Children, Dear Agnes, A Bloody Field By Shrewsbury, Tales of Old Bomere, Atlantic Ladies, Shrewsbury’s Finest Hour and far too many pantomimes.
Actor musician Paul Wilkinson trained at Bretton Hall, gaining a degree in Dramatic Arts. He has worked in theatre, television and film. His last theatre tour was outdoor Shakespeare on the south coast and prior to that he toured Germany for a year, worked on soaps, and did a few adverts … the worst being the one for Pringles (you think you like something until you have to eat it endlessly for two days!)
Writer and director Chris Eldon Lee has performed 500 comedy gigs with Three Men in a Bowtie and produced at least 250 programmes for BBC Radio 4. This is his 14th play.
Movement coach Maggie Love famously choreographed Grease in The West End. Her film credits include Fame and Heaven’s Gate. In 2012 she produced a pageant for The Queen, who liked it!