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Meet the wedding singer; Right Royal Knees Up to mark big day.

Byline: Kathleen Moore

ROYAL weddings past and present will be brought back to life as part of an unusual stage show set to tour the region.

Veteran club performer Leah Bell has written A Right Royal Knees Up to mark the impending marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The show also charts the weddings of the Queen, Princess Margaret and Prince Charles with flamboyant song and dance performances from the 1940s to the present day.

From tap-dancing brides in glittering flapper-style dresses and royal masks to feather boas and leotards, A Right Royal Knees Up marches through well-known hits such as Get Me to the Church on Time, Celebration and The Shoop Shoop Song.

The eight-person show, fronted by creative director Leah, will tour the region throughout April, aiming to rouse audiences to flag-waving patriotic fervour. After rehearsals at the Sage Academy of Performing Arts at Byker, Newcastle, the performance opened yesterday at the Consett Empire.

Two third year students from the Sage academy were selected to perform in the show. Alex Scott, 19, and Fiona Burns, 19, both from Gateshead, said: "We think audiences will really enjoy the show, it will really get people in to the spirit of things.

"We're aware that there are street parties going on in the South but not so many up here - so this is will hopefully keep the North involved. The show may seem a bit quirky but that's what it's all about, doing something different to celebrate the wedding.

"It's not a serious thing, it's a bit of fun and something for everyone to enjoy."

The show's producers, Entertainment Unlimited, stage a nostalgia-themed show every year and decided this year to centre the programme around the wedding of Prince William on April 29.

Leah Bell said: "We've watched Prince William and Prince Harry go through a lot in their lives and I think it's nice to celebrate William happy and getting married.

"I'm going to be celebrating myself on the actual wedding day. My whole family is having a party.

"We're going to make our own wedding reception, wearing hats and our best dresses and drinking cocktails.

"Our audiences always know how to enjoy themselves.

"As a singer I only ever have to know the first line of any song as the audience will be singing the rest of it.

"The show is just pure fun. It's not heavy and it's not trying to carry any kind of serious message.

"If you want an afternoon to just thoroughly enjoy yourself then come along."

The show will tour the Consett Empire, the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead, The Pullman Lodge in Whitburn, The Whitley Bay Playhouse and The Alnwick Playhouse before finishing at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham on April 28.

It will then tour nationally throughout May.


TRIBUTE Singer and dancer Fiona Burns in A Right Royal Knee''s up which will bring royal weddings past and present to life REHEARSAL Getting ready for a Right Royal Knees up at the Sage Dance School in Byker. The show will tour the region before heading around the country
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2011
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