Reads – Jacky

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Showing on:
Wed 24 February 2021
90 mins
New Writing
Mercury Online
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Antonio is a dance crazed kid who has always dreamt of tripping the light fantastic on Strictly. But when a tragic accident leaves him confined to a wheelchair his dreams are crushed. Angry and bitter, Antonio sinks into a dark depression, refusing to rehabilitate himself. All seems lost until Jacky, his Nan, reminds him of the power of ballroom dancing and hatches a plan to convince Antonio his life isn’t over.

Colchester playwright Paul T Davies’ heart-warming new play beautifully captures the strength of the human spirit and the power of love and redemption.

Dr. Paul T. Davies is a playwright, director, actor and academic, and created Stage Write, a Colchester based Theatre Company. His 2015 play Living with Luke, about the challenges of living with a child with autism, is set in a wrestling ring and continues to be performed throughout the UK. Play Something was staged at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The Drayton Arms, London. His recently played Rupert in Airlock Theatre’s production of How We Love at The Vaults Festival 2020. He is also a writer and critic for

Part of our Reads programme. Each month a fresh new play, by East based writers will be read online.

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Joseph Akubeze

Dance Captain

Hailing from Hayes and Harlington via Cambridge University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school, ex-Mormon Joseph is a writer/actor.

Joseph will next be seen in Disney’s Cruella and Olivia Emden’s debut short film Acrimonious. Other recent film credits include Romola Garai’s debut feature Outside; Ben Bond’s Drifters; and Anthony Byrne’s In Darkness.

Television work includes Tom Veriton’s Bridgerton; Zach Braff’s Ted Lasso; and Steve Bendelack’s Ill Behaviour. Joseph currently has a number of TV shows in development including one with Channel 4 and one with the BBC.

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Debra Baker


Debra is currently appearing as Mrs McKenzie in Russell T. Davies’ new drama, It’s a Sin (Ch4).

Recent TV credits include series reg Linda in Sliced (UKTV); Home (Ch4); Holby City (BBC1); Close to the Enemy (BBC1); The Five (Sky1); The Javone Prince Show (BBC2); Coronation Street (ITV1); Doctors (BBC1); Birds of a Feather (ITV1); Phoneshop (Ch4); and Call the Midwife (BBC1).

Theatre includes work at Old Vic, Young Vic, Soho Theatre, Bristol Tobacco Factory, 59E59 (New York), Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Yard and Southwark Playhouse.

Film includes London Road; 90 Minutes; Junkhearts; and Night Bus.

Debra has also worked in the BBC Radio Drama Company for Radio 4.

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Harry Bowen


Harry is an actor, practitioner and radio presenter. He holds a 1st class degree in Drama from the University of Essex and is a graduate of the Mercury Theatre’s early career training programme.

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Tina Gray


Tina’s amazingly busy career spans almost 60 years, with over 360 stage plays and over 1,500 radio plays.

Previously for Mercury Theatre, Nicola Werenowska’s Silence and Behind Doors directed by Jo Newman, and Fairy Grizelda in Babes in the Wood.

Other theatre includes: Talking Heads (Leeds Playhouse); Steel Magnolias, Don’t Look Now (Hornchurch); Damned Rebel Bitches (Poorboy tour of Scotland); The History Boys (National Theatre); The Ghost Train (Brockley Jack); Endgame (Liverpool Everyman, with Matthew Kelly); Enjoy, Pygmalion, Habeas Corpus (York Theatre Royal); On Golden Pond, Flamingoland, A Woman of No Importance, Perfect Days (New Vic); Cinderella (Belgrade Coventry, her 13th panto fairy!); Ellen Terry in Our Ellen (her ongoing one-woman play written for her by Richard Osborne, which she is currently recording for radio).

Radio includes: The Archers; The Dales; Heat of the Day; Persuasion; Mill on the Floss; Daunt and Dervish; The Piano; 2 series’ of Agatha Raisin with Penelope Keith; and most recently The Lie, a newly discovered Agatha Christie script.

TV includes: Scarborough; Scott and Bailey; Doctors; Heartbeat; Coronation Street.

Films include: Maleficent Mistress of Evil (her first Disney film!); Decoy Bride; Angels in Notting Hill; Picture Perfect; Above the Clouds; Arifa; The Guest; Streets in the Sky; The Last Kingdom; and Crooked House (playing Max Irons’ secretary).

During lockdown you may have heard Tina giving her “Maureen 118 212” on many a radio station!

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