Production images for Vicky Ireland’s production based on Jacqueline Wilson’s original story have been released. Here’s a glimpse of what audiences can expect…

Lydia Orange (Garnet) and Davina Moon (Rose). Polka Theatre Double Act. Photo credit The Other Richard.JPG
(c) The Other Richard. 

Meet Ruby and Garnet. They’re twins, identical and inseparable – and do absolutely EVERYTHING together. But their lives are about to change. Recently, Dad’s gone a bit weird. He’s been acting strange ever since he started dating that frizzy dizzy Rose. And now he’s only gone and bought a bookshop in the country…

Adapted and directed by Vicky Ireland, this production based on Jacqueline Wilson’s award winning book originally premiered at the Polka Theatre in 2003 and was also enjoyed by young audiences when it toured the UK.

Lydia Orange (Garnet) and Ruby Ablett (Ruby).  Polka Theatre Double Act. Photo credit The Other Richard.JPG
(c) The Other Richard. 

The production stars Ruby Ablett (Ruby), Lydia Orange (Garnet), Davina Moon (Rose), Erika Poole (Gran), Joseph Rowe (Jeremy, the blob) and Phil Yarrow (Dad).

Ruby Ablett’s theatre credits include Why is the Sky Blue? (Southwark Playhouse), Threepenny Opera, A Christmas Carol (Bolton Octagon) and The True History of Julia Pastrana (Hope Mill Theatre).

Lydia Orange’s previous stage credits include The Governess (UK tour) and Romeo and Juliet (The Leicester Square Theatre), and for film, Mad to be Normal, Cutting Room and Dust.

Davina Moon’s theatre credits include Yellow Face (National Theatre), Privates on Parade (Noël Coward), Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal), Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria) and Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells). Broadway credits include Around the World in Eighty Days. Film credits include Disney’s Aladdin and Dirty God.

Erika Poole returns to Polka to play Gran. Her credits for the company include BFG. Further theatre credits include George’s Marvellous Medicine (UK Tour).

Joseph Rowe previous credits include Counting Stars (The Albany), Light Shining (National Theatre), The Low Road (Royal Court Theatre), Pieces of Vincent (Arcola), Macbeth (Broadway Theatre) and Of Mice and Men (Black Box).

Phil Yarrow returns to Polka to play Dad. His credits for the company include The Borrowers, Hide a Lion, Happy Harry’s Café, Gorilla, Wind in the Willows and Charlie & Lola’s Extremely New Play. Further theatre credits include Score (Bolton Octagon), Teechers (Hull Truck Theatre) and Such A Curious Dream (Harrogate Theatre).

Lydia Orange (Garnet), Phil Tarrow (Dad), Ruby Ablett (Ruby) and Davina Moon (Rose). Polka Theatre Double Act. Photo credit The Other Richard.JPG
(c) The Other Richard. 

The creative team for the production includes:designs by Zoe Squire, lighting by Aaron J. Dootson, sound by Steven Markwick and choreography by Ben Redfern.

Double Act continues to play at the Polka Theatre until the 5th August. For more information visit: https://polkatheatre.com/event/doubleact/