Jackie The Musical by Susie Franks

It was a time of David Essex, Puppy Love, bell bottoms, agony aunts Cathy and Claire and most importantly multiple choice!
Did your boyfriend have small ears, pointy ones or large lobes? The answers to the multiple choice questionnaire were crucial to reveal whether your boyfriend would be quiet, sensitive or sensual and erotic.
Was your boyfriend about to say the three tells:’It’s not you, it’s me’, ‘I’m not in the right place right now’, ‘you are a great girl….’ If he did, beware – he was about to dump you!
Thanks to Jackie The Musical, last night at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre thousands of women were transported back to a time of wonderful innocence and naivety. Their childhood and teen memories of the Jackie magazine came flooding back in a stage show which can best be described as a hilarious sitcom episode.
Jackie The Musical is based on Jackie the magazine – a glossy music, entertainment, make-up and boyfriend dos and don’ts manual for girls launched in 1964 and popular until its demise in 1993.

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The magazine’s eager readers would cherish every page and save up each week to buy the colourful read and dream of their teenage heartthrob who usually graced the front cover.Thousands of young teenagers were influenced by the latest shag, pageboy or flick. This wasn’t anything as racy as sex, though! It was the latest hairstyles which today would probably be copied by followers of Zoella’s blog.
The colourful show follows a settled down, married and soon to be divorced Jackie – the brilliant Janet Dibley from The Two of Us and Eastenders – in her mid-50s who, as she boxes up her possessions poised to move home, flicks through her Jackie magazine collection and begins to recall a younger, freer, happier, youthful her with all her possibilities and promise in front of her. The younger her (played by a very capable Daisy Steere) appears and talks to her, at times berrating her choice of dating when the fifty-something Jackie goes on a blind date with handsome, almost too perfect to be true Max who turns out to be married (and to be Nicholas Bailey, aka hunky Dr Trueman from Eastenders!)

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Music is very much a feature throughout the show as it was with the magazine way back then. 20th Century Boy from Trex, Tiger Feet by Mud, Hold Me Close by David Essex and Puppy Love by Donny Osmond had the entire female forty to sixty somethings audience (3 token men turned up slumped in their seats the whole night!) almost bringing the floors of the late-Victorian venue crashing down with their Wee Love to Boogie dance routine.

Jackie The Musical is, in parts a sing-along but so much more. It’s hilarious, heart-warming, and a window into amazing teen memories. On at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre until Saturday 30th July it’s a must see!