Review by: Paul Towers, 26 January 2018
Being Julie Andrews by Lesley Emery
Performed by Lesley Emery, directed by Alison Dunne
Upstairs @ The Western, 26 & 27 January 2018
“emotional rollercoaster of a story.”
Last April we had Lesley Emery at Upstairs at The Western with local author Alison Dunne’s Cloaks. This year Ms Emery has brought her own autobiographical show, Being Julie Andrews. This is her story of growing up and becoming an actress after a successful career as a solicitor (the legal type, not the street walker).
Along the way she tells the poignant tale of her first love, an unplanned pregnancy, the painful adoption of her daughter and finally finding fulfilment as an actress and as second mother to her biological child.
Lesley Emery is a very talented actor and writer. Born and bred in the West Midlands she brings a unique poignancy to the narrative with her gift of fleshing out emotional details with just a few words, the twist of a cloth or a simple look.
Using the songs and films of Julie Andrews as aspirational and inspirational stepping stones in her life she finally casts off the fantasy of leading the Von Trapp family to safety across the Pennines and embraces a new aim, to be Julie Walters!
An appreciative audience for this first performance was almost sold out. There is a second show tomorrow (Saturday) and there are a few tickets left for this emotional rollercoaster of a story.