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10 Oct 2012

One-woman show about legendary singer and actress. 

‘Pat Kirkwood…was a leading star of the golden age of British musical comedy; acclaimed as the British Betty Grable’ The Telegraph

Following the resounding success of her one-woman show, The Girl I Left Behind Me, singer Jessica Walker brings alive one of Britain’s greatest, but now almost forgotten,  wartime variety stars. Pat Kirkwood became a household name with songs like  'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ and ‘It Was Just One of Those Things’. Following rumours of an affair with HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Kirkwood was haunted by  scandal. Ready to relive her turbulent life through some of the 20th century’s most  beautiful popular song, Walker brings her back on stage for one night only.

‘Jessica Walker is an exciting discovery. The voice has a tonally centred vibrancy, a cutting gleam where necessary, which she can fine down to hushed, pure, soft singing’ David Blewitt, The Stage

‘This show is not to be missed’ The Independent on The Girl I Left Behind Me

4* The GuardianThe Girl I Left Behind Me

Co-production with Opera North projects in association with the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Devised and performed by Jessica Walker.
Musical Director and pianist James Holmes.
Director Lee Blakeley.

Find out more about singer and actress Jessica Walker here.

What the critics say

From huge ballads, such as ‘My Kind of Man’ to the hilarious ‘Hold It Joe’, Walker’s voice soars. Her connection with the audience is undeniable. There were many moments when it felt like she was singing only to me. I welled up on more than one occasion...

The Good review - Full Review ›

Walker’s concise storytelling is funny, engaging and witty. There are many light moments in the production and one gets the feeling Kirkwood’s own autobiography is littered with the same acerbic bite. Accompaniment provided by James Holmes is a wonderful addition with the pianist providing his own comic moments.

The Public Reviews - Full Review ›


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Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

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