New musical set to keep Lichfield postman on his toes

Craig Allen juggling some of the hats he will need for his 25 characters in Ain't no Angels.  Hats courtesy Lichfield Costume Hire.

Craig Allen juggling some of the hats he will need for his 25 characters in Ain't no Angels. Hats courtesy Lichfield Costume Hire.

Lichfield’s singing postman Craig Allen will be donning a lot of hats in a new musical play at the Garrick.

Craig plays no less than 25 characters in Ain’t no Angels, a play featuring the lives, loves and music of Al Jolson and Frank Sinatra.

Noted for his appearances with Lichfield Operatic Society and Sutton Coldfield Theatre Company, Craig is a versatile actor and singer who’s used to playing comedy roles one minute and serious ones the next.

He’s also known in the area as the original compere for Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park and for his own cabaret act.

In the daytime, Craig can be seen around the city delivering post for Royal Mail – a position he’s held for 14 years – hence his singing postman nickname.

In Role-Play Productions’ Ain’t no Angels, his main character is Wellbeloved, an angel stationed in the ‘waiting room’ to Heaven or Hell, charged with deciding whether Jolson and Sinatra should go ‘up or down’.

As the stories of the two singers unfold, Craig plays the men they have encountered throughout their lives. Look out for a drunken Dean Martin, a crooning Bing Crosby and a hilarious vicar, among many others.

Of his many roles Craig said:

“They are very tough and demanding roles, but I’m thoroughly enjoying getting to grips with all the characters. My roles in Ain’t no Angels are diverse and challenging, but it’s a brilliant script penned by Ken Wragg and I’m working with some great actors and singers.

“I hope the audiences find the production enjoyable.”

Ain’t No Angels, a professional production, also features some other well-known names on the local circuit. Paul Roberts plays Al Jolson, Paul Lumsden is Frank Sinatra and Ruth Harvey and Jo McAllister play their respective wives and several other characters.

The premiere of the show is at the Lichfield Garrick on Tuesday and Wednesday May 11 and 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets from the Garrick box office on 01543 412121 or www.lichfieldgarrick.co.uk.

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1 Comment

  1. audrey collier

    14th May, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    A cracking performance!