Steve Colman: When Irish eyes are smiling

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My goodness, I just could not believe what was happening at the Cricket World Cup the other day.

I had been in Barcelona when we amazingly drew a game of cricket against India - no one draws a one day game!

And then we went and blew it against Ireland.

Or did we?

Kevin O’Brien scored the fastest Century ever in a World Cup and was superb giving England so many worries which they couldn’t cope with.

The Irish had all dyed their hair different colours and maybe the camaraderie and team spirit amongst the team had brought them through to win. Boy did I wish I was Irish on Wednesday night. Well, my Great Grandma buried in the cemetery at Newbottle was from Irish stock so maybe I had a few Guiness...

I had a chat with Richard Fleeshman on the show this week. He used to be in Coronation Street and had been starring at the quaint Savoy Theatre in the award winning “Legally Blonde”.

He told me he had enjoyed his time in that and was looking forward to a rest but was out of work two days before he got the call to play the Patrick Swayze role in Ghost, The Musical. It begins it’s run in Manchester at the Grand Opera House there, amazingly the place where he made his acting debut aged seven. What a great showbiz story. He deserves it though, he has a fabulous singing voice and will be able to play the part well I think. It begins on March 28 for a seven week run before transferring into the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre.

If you fancy a weep and some great songs try and get to Manchester before it transfers.

I went to see Spamalot at The Sunderland Empire on Monday. Phil Jupitus was off poorly but the show didn’t suffer and with Todd Carty playing a great part and the irrepressible Jessica Martin as the Lady of the Lake, it is a brilliantly amusing singalong rout.

I also had Nikki Evans on the show. Playing Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers was always in her stars, she is perfect for it. I asked how she juggled her carreer with being a mother, but her sons in real life are 12 and 16 and are pleased to have her out of the house. She uses her experience to play the mum torn between having her boss take one of her sons to bring up and is fabulous in the part. She’s very down to earth and can’t believe her success in the business. She visited Dubai to be part of a concert there and was amazed to find when she arrived that she was on the same bill as Kim Wilde and Heather Small and felt that she shouldn’t be there in that company and couldn’t go on stage. Eventually she did, and made good friends with her co-stars on the night. Top girl. Enjoy Blood Brothers if you are going to that one at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal.

The show is on until next Saturday when the theatre closes for refurbishment which will take it back to the early 1900’s and it’s Gold Leaf glory. This Sunday there is an auction at the theatre of chairs, chandeliers and other items which will all be replaced. I suggested that as I have an interest that I should be involved in being Auctioneer for some of the items. They came back to me on Tuesday saying “Great news we’d like you to do that, we have some items for you to auction........Coal Scuttles”. So, no doubt some brilliant genius came up with the idea that I should be known as Steve Colscuttles.

Hmmm - Talk to you next week.