Hapless cleaning lady ‘Mrs Overall’, a character created by comedienne Victoria Wood for her spoof TV soap opera Acorn Antiques, is heading for Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre as Little Theatre Company stages Acorn Antiques The Musical! next month (Nov).
You can look forward to seeing Mrs Overall – a role made famous by actress Julie Walters – making a memorable entrance at one point on a genuine Acorn Stairlift – loaned free of charge to the Burton amateur theatre group by the Yorkshire-based company.
Katie Haywood, from Woodville, who plays Mrs Overall, is pictured getting in a bit of practice at the Burton home of an Acorn Stairlift customer.
She explained: “Acorn Antiques began life as a regular sketch on Victoria Wood’s television show in the 1990s. It’s a spoof of a television soap opera where the cast members regularly missed their entrances, fluffed their lines and battled with wobbly scenery and daft plots.
“In 2005, Victoria Wood decide to revive the idea and turn it into a full-length stage show that also poked gentle fun at musical theatre.
“It’s been great fun playing Mrs Overall in rehearsals. She shuffles onstage, has terrible varicose veins, makes appalling coffee and gets in everyone’s way – but she’s also harbouring a BIG secret and a passion for tap dancing.”
Victoria Wood has said Mrs Overall’s grand entrance on the Acorn Stairlift is “one of the centrepieces” of the comedy musical show.
Acorn Stairlifts is one of the largest suppliers of stairlifts in the world, with hundreds installed in Staffordshire and Derbyshire alone. Acorn’s company secretary, Dave Belmont, said: “We are delighted to help Little Theatre Company with their version of the show in November.”
Victoria Wood has also added her thanks to Acorn: “I am delighted Acorn Stairlifts are helping local groups to stage Acorn Antiques The Musical! by supplying a free stairlift. The scene with Mrs Overall on a stairlift is one of the centrepieces of the show.”
Acorn Antiques The Musical! will run from Monday, November 10th, to Saturday, November 15th, at 7.30pm each night, plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. It features all your TV favourites – sisters Miss Babs and Miss Berta and Mr Clifford – along with a host of hilarious Victoria Wood song and dance numbers. Tickets are £10 with £8 concessions available from Monday to Wednesday only. Tickets can be booked online (no booking fee) at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/littletheatreco or by visiting the Brewhouse box office in Union Street between 9am and 8pm, Monday to Saturday.
Thanks to Elaine Pritchard for the info.