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

  • Thriller Live  Musical ☆☆☆

    26 Oct 2015


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    “You’ll face the hounds of hell if you take photographs” warned a Vincent Price-type voice, as a packed house settled down in anticipatio...

  • Poles Apart  Theatre ☆☆☆

    03 Nov 2015


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    Five gobby actors and a load of metal poles kept the good-sized audience spellbound on the opening night of award-winning playwright John...

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  Panto ☆☆☆☆

    09 Dec 2015


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    I honestly thought the big-eared elf walking down the aisle at the Hull New Theatre was part of the panto, Snow White And The Seven Dwarf...

  • Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis  Theatre ☆☆☆☆

    17 Feb 2016


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    Would Martha lick Lionel’s bald head or would she chicken out?   That was just one of many heart-stopping moments that kept the Hull Tru...

  • Ten Storey Love Song  Theatre ☆☆☆

    03 Mar 2016


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    Swear words spewed forth, and that was just (mentally) from me, wondering how on earth I could explain – in non-swearing parlance – what ...

  • Until You Hear That Bell  Theatre ☆☆☆☆

    13 Mar 2016


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    “A minute is a long time when your mouth is filled with hot, freshly-boiled plastic.”   So said young Sean, describing his first fitting ...