A musical comedy play comes to the Blackburn Empire Theatre in June and if you’re serious about a night of laughs this is right up your street!
“Seriously Dead”, written by Leah Bell and Crissy Rock, is a musical comedy play about a deceased bank robber, a café owner and a lovesick ghost that has been leaving audiences laughing from beginning to end.
It features a star-filled cast with Crissy Rock (Ladybird and ITV’s Benidorm), Frazer Hines (Dr Who and Emmerdale), Billy Pearce (well known for his TV comedy appearances), Leah Bell, Paul Dunn and Andrew Dawson.
In the best tradition of comedy farce the plot sees many twists and turns with a chain of riotously funny events which brings the lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the flamboyant undertaker Tristan de Winter to an uncomfortable crossroads. Their lives become inextricably linked on a path leading them all towards newly digitalised Pearly Gates!
The show has received rave reviews and features original music by Mike Redway.
The Full Cast
CRISSY ROCK gives and excellent performance as the bereaved but hard-hearted Betty and plays the sex bomb to the hilt as a “tart without a heart!”
FRAZER HINES is thoroughly charming as scurrilous bank robber Albert Blunderstone and sings the title song “Seriously Dead” with tremendous aplomb.
BILLY PEARCE is great fun as the hapless Billy Blenkinsopp and brings a touching sincerity to the role: Coupled with spot on comedy timing it is easy to see why Billy is a British Comedy Award Winner.
LEAH BELL is hilarious as the disgruntled little angel in love with Billy, her childhood sweetheart and Billy and Thelma’s duet “Loving You” is one of the high lights of the evening.
PAUL DUNN plays the Flamboyant Undertaker Tristan de Winter with such tongue in cheek sympathy, it is hard not to laugh at the most inappropriate of times.
ANDREW DAWSON pops up throughout the play in various guises, each one played with dignity and gravitas – even when portraying the deceased Edna Blunderstone complaining about her own funeral arrangements and assisting with the movement of her own coffin!
For a night of riotous comedy, come to “Seriously Dead”, you’ll think you’ve “died laughing”!
Tickets for the show are £21 and are available online here or from the Booking Office in person or on 01254 685 500 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 12:30pm)