Fenland man Sean in seaside special

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The Great British Seaside Special continues to attract audiences at the Princes Theatre at Hunstanton.

It pulled in nearly 300 people to the theatre when it opened on July 30 and continues every Thursday throughout August at 7.30pm.

With adult admission costing £8.50 (£6 concessions) and just £4 for a child this really is excellent value.

Amongst the cast is former West Norfolk man Sean Moyses, with Michele Larkin also having her roots in Fenland theatre.

Comedy is there in abundance, mostly provided by Richard Whymark with his very clever ventriloquist act and Andy Leach’s unique brand of magic.

The singing and dancing includes music from the Roaring Twenties to rock & roll, with numbers ranging from ‘The sun has got his hat on’ to ‘Needle in a haystack’.

And it was a real treat to see Michele Larkin leading in some of the numbers she had choreographed and arranged.

Afterwards several children in the audience told her they recognized her from her role as Jacqueline Frost in the very popular Christmas shows she has written and directed at the Princess since the current management team took over three years ago.

Her husband Ian is, of course, the only member of that team to be a highly-accomplished performer, famous for playing the ukulele and banjo.

And for four of the five shows this summer, Ian is joined by the highly talented and much-travelled ‘Banjo Man’ himself, Sean Moyses.

After the opening performance Sean said: “I love to play in Norfolk, I am a son of the county and was born just down the road, in Ingoldisthorpe.

“The cast are first class and give a really professional show that is not ‘just another’ dance troupe with karaoke backings. They can really entertain in the time honoured tradition of the seaside shows from the 1950s to the 80s.

“For me, playing a fast and furious version of ‘Duelling Banjos’ with Ian is just icing on the cake. I regret missing the show on August 13 as I’ll be nipping over to the USA for a banjo performance, but I’m looking forward to being part of the fun for the following two shows.”