Back by popular demand, cabaret performer & TV personality, PAULUS (BBC’s All Together Now), returns to Sonata after a sell-out performance with his tribute to his idol: the late, great Victoria Wood.
Joined on-stage by sought-after Musical Director, and old friend, Michael Roulston (Fascinating Aida, Julie, Madly, Deeply), together the two prove what many have known for decades: that it takes two men to do the work of one woman – half as well!
PAULUS will remind us of Victoria’s best-loved songs through the decades, including ‘It Would Never Have Worked’, ‘Reincarnation’ and, of course, the classic ‘Ballad of Barry & Freda (Let’s Do It)’ as well as some of her lesser-known and more poignant compositions.
As well as the songs, PAULUS explores the musicality of Victoria’s sketches and catchphrases, the northern accent and the modern ‘Polari’ that has evolved amongst her legions of fans through the quoting of her enormous body of work.
Directed by multi-award-winning cabaret star and close friend Sarah-Louise Young (An Evening Without Kate Bush; Julie Madly Deeply), Looking For Me Friend is a nostalgic evening of entertainment filled with love, laughter and fabulous memories for Victoria Wood fans, as well as the ultimate ‘Beginners Guide’ for audiences new to her work.
PAULUS aka Paul L Martin has been performing in theatre and cabaret for 30 years. Trained in musical theatre, he has won awards for his acting, producing and promoting work within the fields. He has performed across the world, including Berlin, Paris, Melbourne, Rome, New York, Dublin, Nicaragua and extensively around the UK. He is best-known to many as the hard-to-impress judge on BBC’s award-winning TV show, ALL TOGETHER NOW as well as previously working as a talent judge, mentor and presenter for C4 and Sky.
‘I loved the show’ Adele Anderson, Fascinating Aida
‘Book to go as soon as it’s possible!’ Mark Bunyan, Musical Comedian
‘Paulus is incredible. His voice and diction are amazing’ That Stagey Blog
‘Impeccable comic flair” Time Out
‘A most enjoyable evening ... highly amusing” Sunday Express
‘King of Cabaret” The Stage
★★★★ Musical Theatre Review