An award-winning play written by Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, Katie Mulgrew, is being staged in Liverpool this week.
Comedian Katie (pictured above with Jimmy) was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize, with her work entitled Omnibus, which follows a group of friends following a soap opera.
Not only did she earn herself £10,000 in the process, but she was given the opportunity to see her debut play produced by the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.
And it is currently being performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpoolin association with the Royal Court, which is closed for development work, to rave reviews!
The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, says in a review: “The plot manages to stay just the right side of plausible to hold the audience’s attention and the play has a satisfying overall shape to it.”
It also tweeted: “Entertaining and very funny debut play by @KatieMulg.”
Jimmy Cricket appeared with a host of fellow entertainers in a show called Day By The Sea at the weekend.
The famous Irish funnyman appeared at the one-day event of comedy, music and song at the Royal Hippodrome theatre in Eastbourne.
Also on the bill was Jimmy’s big pal Don Maclean, an English actor and comedian who appeared on the BBC television series Crackerjack with Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze and Jan Hunt in the 1970s.
Sue Devaney, known for television roles in Coronation Street, Jonny Briggs, Casualty and Dinnerladies as well as being a regular stage performer, and English pop singer, jazz singer and actress Helen Shapiro were also among the entertainers.
The event, which took place last Saturday, was organised by the British Music Hall Society.
Jimmy, 71, said: “Great morning spent with old friends! I was on at 10.50am and the audience was amazing, really ready for a variety show at that time of the morning!”
Jimmy Cricket thoroughly enjoyed his visit – and the chips! – to the Little Common Royal British Legion Poppy Club in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.
The event on Saturday night (27 May) was billed as “a night of comedy, fun, music and dance with the legendary Jimmy Cricket”.
Afterwards, Jimmy said: “Thank you to John at the Little Common Royal British Legion Club at Bexhill-on-Sea and to Brian the DJ and to Nicky and Chloe who made Mrs Cricket and myself some wonderful chips!”
The Royal British Legion is a UK charity providing lifelong support for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans, and their families all year round.
Seven sisters from the same Liverpool family were in the audience at a Jimmy Cricket show last weekend.
The famous entertainer was performing at Lyons Robin Hood Holiday Park in RhyI, North Wales, along with Soul Jam, which is made up of Jo, Neil and JT (who are pictured with Jimmy above and performing right).
Jimmy, 71, tweeted afterwards: “A big thank you to the 7 Crummie Sisters who sat at the front for making last night’s show at the Lyon’s Cabaret Club in Rhyl such a joy!”
Jimmy Cricket has hosted a celebration involving the famous Equity union at the iconic London Palladium theatre.
The event took place in the Val Parnell bar on Tuesday 16 May, exactly 50 years after actors’ union Equity – which Jimmy has been a member of for most of his career as an entertainer – incorporated the Variety Artistes’ Federation into its ranks.
Well-known comedian Jimmy, 71, was asked to host the event by the general secretary of Equity, Christine Payne.
Jimmy Cricket and his wife May recently came across a pub with a thatched roof while working at the nearby Strule Arts Centre theatre in Omagh.
Sean Og’s pub is themed like the one in John Ford’s 1952 classic film The Quiet Man starring legendary actor John Wayne and the wonderful Maureen O’Hara, who was an Irish-born American actress and singer.
Famous Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy, 71, described Sean Og’s pub as a “little gem”.
Jimmy Cricket has been invited to guest in a new radio series for BBC Radio Ulster called The Town I Love So Well .
The series will comprise half-hour radio programmes presented by Irish comedian Owen O’Neill (left), who is a popular Northern Ireland-based writer, actor and comedian.
Each episode of the series will feature a well-known celebrity from Northern Ireland being interviewed by Owen in and around their home town and surrounding areas.
In Jimmy’s case the programme will look back at his childhood and formative years growing up in West Belfast. This episode will feature locations which have significant memories for Jimmy and they will provide an interesting backdrop and talking point for his discussions with Owen.
Famous comedian Jimmy, 71, will be recording his programme on 23 May and the show will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster one Saturday morning at 10.30 am – date to be confirmed.