Jackie Foottit

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Jackie lives in Hull, East Yorkshire with her husband Dennis, a retired accountant.

She believes that theatregoers are spoilt for choice in Hull, with the well-established Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull City Hall being just three venues whose often award-winning productions draw in the crowds.

Jackie's love of the theatre began in childhood, thanks to her seamstress mother making the costumes for many a local pantomime. "Yes," says Jackie, "the memory of Widow Twankey’s drawers hanging from our living room picture rail, alongside, say, a wolf’s head in a bonnet, still makes me smile!"

Therefore, working for more than 20 years at her local newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail, was often a labour of love where reviews were concerned. Food, travel, books, beauty products, CDs, TV programmes etc, all came under Jackie's scrutiny, but for her, nothing topped the countless theatre productions she reviewed over the years.

Jackie hopes that her reviews entertain and inform regular theatregoers as well as encourage those who have never set foot inside a theatre, to do so.

       Jackie's  ARTICLES

  • Madame Butterfly  Dance ☆☆☆☆

    23 Sep 2015


    Downstage Centre - The latest UK theatre reviews, news, show guides for amateur, regional and fringe theatre. All on one stage.READ MORE

    A simple, yet atmospheric, stage setting; moody, yet effective lighting; rousing live orchestral music and amazingly talented dancers all...

  • Priscilla: Queen of the Desert - The Musical  Musical ☆☆☆☆☆

    28 Sep 2015


    Downstage Centre - The latest UK theatre reviews, news, show guides for amateur, regional and fringe theatre. All on one stage.READ MORE

    Feather boas wafted in the air and sequins glittered this week when Priscilla Queen Of The Desert - the Musical came to Hull New Theatre ...

  • Annie  Musical ☆☆☆☆

    06 Oct 2015


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    THERE was no curtain up at the Hull New Theatre on the opening night of Annie – well, not while the audience was present anyway.   Let me...

  • The Full Monty  Theatre ☆☆☆☆

    13 Oct 2015


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    There they stood, six men in their undies.   The good-looking, trim, but down-on-his-luck Gaz (Gary Lucy); Horse (Louis Emerick), arthrit...

  • Dancing Through The Shadows  Theatre ☆☆☆☆

    13 Oct 2015


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    The year is 1938. Men and women stroll on to the dimly lit stage chatting amongst themselves, seemingly without a care in the world.   Dr...

  • Hairspray  Musical ☆☆☆☆

    19 Oct 2015


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    WHAT do you want first - the absolutely phantasmagorical good news or the bad news?   The bad news? Okay, here it is – the show was 15 mi...