“Liverpool comics never die”, is the tagline from Edinburgh Festival hit show Jigsy. Enter Les Dennis, stage right…
Jigsy, written by Tony Staveacre and directed by Hannah Chissick,is a one-man show inspired by Scouse comic Jackie Hamilton. It’s gone down well in other cities, and is sure to find its spiritual home at the Royal Court, where you can catch it from October 23 to November 3.
Jigsy is a jobbing Liverpool comic. Over the last thirty years he’s worked with them all, and has the stories to prove it. From the laughs down the pub to the horror stories of when it goes wrong on stage, Jigsy was there, pint in hand.
It’s 1997, and he now works the dying Liverpool club circuit. This is Jigsy’s story: reliving the glamour and grit of his younger days, he now broods on the success he might have had. But despite it all he keeps on getting back up on stage. The audiences might be dwindling, but Jigsy always has a gag that sends them home laughing.
Dennis says: “Jigsy has been a labour of love, based loosely on the life of one of my heroes. I knew and worked with the great Jackie Hamilton and when I first read the play I knew it was tailor made for me and for a Liverpool audience.
“As well as being a comic’s tale, Jigsy is a play that breathes life into Liverpool’s heritage, with stories of growing up on Scotland Road, working on the docks and Cammell Laird’s shipyard. It is a true Liverpool tale. It has been a wonderful experience performing the play around the UK, but bringing it back to mine and Jackie’s home city, is the biggest thrill of all.”