The Playhouse Theatre - Camp Comedy At Its Best with Four Poofs and A Piano

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By ThePlayhouse at 14:31 on 28/02/13

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AUDIENCES get ready for a night of side splitting humour as The New 4 Poofs and a Piano are back with a new line-up and a show which promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

The Poofs captured the hearts of the nation during their nine-year stint as the house band on the BBC Jonathan Ross Show.

Their live shows are even more engaging and like a phoenix rising from the lashes, the New 4 Poofs and a Piano show is bigger, louder, harder and longer.

This new line-up of the fab four with original member Big Dave Wickenden at the helm will have everyone in stitches with their camp, high octane and naughty show full of original comedy songs, musical parodies, pop standards, dance, physical comedy and light-hearted banter.

The idea for a New 4 Poofs and a Piano was conceived by Big Dave, by the light of a frosty mid-winter moon somewhere on the A120 on the way home from a gig in Essex.

Faced with the prospect of having to get a real job, Dave decided to take arms against a sea of troubles and to recast and re-launch the group with three brand new Poofs.

But where to find three gay men who could sing and dance? What a dilemma but Dave had a plan and he casually started observing all his friends and acquaintances for signs of jazz hands or harmonising to Lady Gaga songs and potential Poofs started popping out everywhere.

First to join was the fabulously jaded Graeme Clark, who had worked with Big Dave in the past in pantomime and had gone on to be a West End Wendy of some repute.

More recently known for trolling the Brighton scene as the inimitable Connie Conway, Graeme promises to bring a notable level of butch pazazz to the New 4 Poofs.

Next to join was the brilliant and gorgeous Ian Lilley, who is considerably younger than the other Poofs and exceptionally talented, making the other Poofs hate him a little bit already.

Last to join the group, and for a limited time only, was the legendary Bobby Crush whose fingers are so fast and light that he could vajazzle a ferret while playing Rachmaninov without the poor critter noticing a thing.

Bobby is looking forward to a career change from cruising the high seas to cruising the Poofs' audience.

These three Poofkateers will join Big Dave famed for his one armed choreography, immutable smile and legendary dance moves that have made him an icon to all plus size gays in the central West Sussex area.

"Four Poofs and a Piano" will be at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, on Friday 1 March, at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £15 are available on 01934 645 544 or online at

Date: Friday, March 01, 2013

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