Shakers cast member talks about the show at East Riding Theatre

Published: Thursday 20th April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Written in 1985 and still as fresh as a slice of lemon, John Godber’s hilarious Shakers is coming to East Riding Theatre.

The comedy has remained popular over the decades, regularly performed across the UK and abroad, including Los Angeles and Dubai.

We caught up with local actress Annie Kirkman, one of the cast of four that each plays multiple characters.

“We are all local, from Hull and the East Riding, but have worked all over the world as actors, respectively,” says Annie.

Joining her on stage, Laura Aramayo has just come off tour with Birmingham Rep’s Anita and Me. Meanwhile, Kate Huntsman has recently finished Four Thieves’ Vinegar at Barons Court Theatre in London.

Then there’s Amy Thompson, who has worked with John Godber on various past productions. Those with little ones may recognise her from Channel 5’s Milkshake.

Shakers follows Carol, Adele, Niki and Mel, who work in a bar where everyone wants to be seen, from checkout girls and local lads to luvvies and yuppies.

With piña coladas flowing and eighties music blasting, it’s a show that will either bring back memories or offer a glimpse into a world of shoulder pads and neon lights.

“I think I can say on behalf of the whole cast that we are thrilled to be working on this revival of Shakers with John,” says Annie. “With the added bonus of being part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.”

“Personally, I always look forward to returning to East Riding Theatre. The space has so much character and a very welcoming atmosphere.”

Annie has a full schedule throughout the year: “I’ve been busy with She Productions Theatre Company. We write and produce our own shows and are looking forward to being part of Assemble Fest with Honey I Stereotyped the Kids, a co-production with SeeGold.”

With She Productions being the company in residence at East Riding Theatre, Annie has witnessed the venue change around her:

“It’s been amazing to watch the transformation from the first production in 2014 to now. I must commend all the hard work the staff there do, the majority of whom work voluntarily.”

“The premiere of our new musical It’s Different For Girls will run this September at ERT. It’s inspired by the Hull girl band Mandy & The Girlfriends, who were popular in the 60s.”

We also asked Annie about her favourite Shakers scene, without giving too much away:

“There are so many to choose from! We only meet the majority of the characters for one scene. However, as well as the waitresses’ narrative, we follow the story of a group of supermarket employees on a girls’ night out.”

“Their scene trying on clothes in Topshop and getting ready for the party are so familiar and very fun to play.”

You can catch Shakers at East Riding Theatre in Beverley from Wednesday 26 April until Saturday 20 May. Tickets can be booked by calling 01482 874050, or you can book online.

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Published: Thursday 20th April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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