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Joe Pasquale to star in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em at the Churchill Theatre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 16 February 2018

Joe Pasquale as Frank Spencer. Picture: Michael Wharley

Joe Pasquale as Frank Spencer. Picture: Michael Wharley

ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT MICHAEL WHARLEY

The Churchill Theatre will be hosting the Kent premiere of the 2018 stage version of everyone’s favourite 1970s classic TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em.

Starring Kent resident Joe Pasquale as the loveable, accident-prone Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as his wife Betty and Susie Blake as his disapproving mother-in-law, Mrs Fisher.

The most successful sitcom of the decade introduced the hapless Frank and his long-suffering wife Betty, with catch phrases galore and a never-ending list of disasters.

Speaking about the accidents his character continuously finds himself in, Joe said: “We have a stunt coordinator and I’m doing it all – hanging by my ankles, chicken chasing and all sorts.

“But we’re not doing it as Michael’s version of Frank Spencer; that would be an insult to Michael.

“I’m putting my personality into it, which is how to make it believable. There’s a difference between child-like and childish and Frank isn’t childish; he believes in what he’s doing.”

The national comedy treasure is one of the hardest working and top-selling live comedians in British comedy today.

He exploded onto screens in New Faces, and went on to win I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 14 years ago.

Susie Blake’s incredible career includes starring in Wicked, Blithe Spirit and The Victoria Wood Show.

Joe added: “We did three workshops and at the last one we had an invited audience who were across an age range of between eighteen and seventy.

“All the younger people didn’t know the show or have a frame of reference with Michael, but they laughed their socks off.

“Even the older people, who remember the original, forgot Michael doing it in within five minutes – the script is so good.”

Speaking of ways in which the show will be in keeping with the original comedy, Joe added: “It’s still set in the 70s, so you get the mustard wallpaper, tank tops and all the trimmings.

“It is so funny and you can take the whole family to see it.

“Apart from panto and maybe musicals there aren’t any theatre shows that people of all ages can enjoy together, but this is proper family comedy.”

Agreeing that he is something of an adrenalin junkie, he jokes: “If it’s not dangerous or life threatening then I’m not interested anymore.

“I read the book Feel the Fear and do it Anyway fifteen years ago and it made me think.

“Now, if I’m not sure about doing something, I automatically say OK; let’s do it.

“You might as well live while you can.”

When asked how to show came about, Joe recalls playing King Arthur in the Monty Python musical comedy Spamalot in the West End a couple of years ago.

Stuck in an airless dressing room at the height of summer, wearing chainmail and kingly robes, a broken fan was about as much use as a chocolate fire guard.

Setting about taking it to pieces, cleaning it and putting it back together again, when he turned the power back on the fan exploded.

The show’s director Christopher Luscombe and staff director Guy Unsworth were present and both roared with laughter, calling it a pure Frank Spencer moment.

A seed was sown and Guy sought out Raymond Allen, writer of the original TV series.

Fate was smiling. Allen, it transpired, was a big fan of Joe’s.

Unsworth set about writing a script and now, two years, several script edits and three workshops later, the show is underway.

Joe is excited for the show to start, and enjoying the location: “I live in Kent so Bromley is close enough for me to be at home, which will be lovely. “The theatre is lovely and the people there are really great too.”

The show will be at The Churchill Theatre from March 13 - 17.

Tickets range from £22 - £38.50, and can be bought by visiting https://churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-some-mothers-bromley-2018.

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