Les Dennis as Jigsy in Royal Court Liverpool online rerun

Published: 5 June 2020
Reporter: David Chadderton

Les Dennis in Jigsy Credit: Steve Ullathorne

Les Dennis has recorded a performance of Tony Staveacre's one-man show Jigsy, about an ageing Liverpool comic, which will be made available for free on the Liverpool Royal Court YouTube channel from 7PM on Friday 5 June 2020.

The show was originally performed at the Royal Court in 2012 following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Kevin Fearon, Executive Producer at Liverpool’s Royal Court, said, “theatres are living buildings. They thrive on the energy and warmth that the staff and the audience bring to them. And at this strange time it is unusually quiet and you realise how much it needs people. Our beautiful building is missing its audience.

“At the same time, our audience may be missing us. When Les Dennis called me suggesting we could record an abridged version of Jigsy, the one-man show Les performed at the Royal Court back in 2012, it seemed like a great way to give something back to them.

“So this recording of Jigsy is a gift from Les, and a thank you from us here at the Royal Court.”

Dennis added, “as someone who is used to being creative, I needed to find an outlet. Jigsy seemed like the perfect project as it’s a one-man play so social distancing was easy. At first I thought it might be something I’d have to do remotely but when Kevin suggested doing it on set in the Royal Court studio I was thrilled.

“I feel a great affinity with the theatre and am really proud of what we have achieved. Other theatres have put work out for their audiences. We were lucky to be able to do something bespoke post-COVID. I hope audiences enjoy watching.”