may not have had the best press in the past but Leigh Park in Havant
is about to erupt into an all-singing all-dancing cabaret community.
did anyone suspect that hidden within those quiet suburban streets
was a sparkling array of talent just waiting for the chance to perform.
of local people entered the variety show auditions leaving the selection
committee - all local residents - the tricky task of shortlisting
just 12 acts to perform on the night.
Park's very own Sharon Osborne - the formidable Gwynyth Byfield
- was on the selection committee and is proud of the way her local
community has risen to the challenge.
absolutely astounded", she said. "The talent that we've
got here has been hidden and it's about time it was brought out
into the light."
Gwynyth it's her own in-built "Tingle Factor" that tells
her whether an act has what it takes - or as she also put it: "Somebody
that makes me go whoopee!"
of a Feather actress Linda Robson is compèring the night
and former Big Breakfast host Paul Tomkinson is providing the comedy.
evening of local talent kicks off with dance trio DDT - A.K.A. Darren,
Debra and Tara who'll be mixing jazz, show and street style dancing.
expect too much respite when Brittle take the Stage. Danny, Michel,
Kris and Charlie - all under 16 - will be thrashing out their own
punk metal sound until somebody asks them to stop.
in contrast - it's variety after all - there's 9 year old "Terry
the Piper" who'll be entertaining all with his chirpy jigs
On The Park project in Leigh Park is inspiring pupils and building
trust between the BBC and the local community. It started with a simple
request for a few media tips. More
Do The Show Right Here
Leigh Park Variety Show
Park Community School
Saturday 19th March 2pm* / 7.30pm
Tickets via Park School (023 9248 9800)
Leigh Park Community Centre (023 9248 4071)
Robson and Paul Tomkinson will not be performing at the afternoon
an event in Leigh Park that you'd like the community media unit to
film, email the group here.