An Evening Without Jake Thackray Or Les Barker

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  • Fri 20 Sep 2024 - 7:30 pm


‘An Audience without Jake Thackray or Les Barker’ includes many Jake classics (Sister Josephine, On Again On Again, The Bantam Cock etc), anecdotes from the forthcoming biography plus some recently discovered ‘lost’ Thackray masterpieces.

Les Barker’s wonderful poetry is celebrated through such gems as Reg was a Lonely Glow Worm, Dachsunds with Erections, Spot of the Antarctic and Déjà vu.

John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention and performed at festivals, theatres and clubs across the UK and on local and national radio, and on TV on Meet the Richardsons. He was a friend of the late Les Barker and continues to sell Les’ merchandise to raise money for Amnesty International, Les’ nominated charity.

“Jake would have loved the skill of the performance, the accuracy of the impression, and the affection it contains. Long may John continue to keep Jake’s memory alive so affectionately and skilfully, and introduce more people to one of the most remarkable talents I ever met.” 
Sir Richard Stilgoe

“Brilliant! We can’t have Jake back but this is the next best thing.”  Mike Harding

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Running time: 120mins including interval.

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