I’m from the Harry Corbett era of Sooty & Sweep. By the time Matthew took Sooty’s reins I’d grown up, and Sooty & Sweep weren’t on my radar.
Life has come full circle! Hiding behind a great excuse to see The Sooty Show, my six year old neighbour accompanied me to the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.
It was a blast! The audience of little ones (and much larger ones) shouted, screamed, laughed, clapped hands, stamped feet and sang along with Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Co. There was the usual magic, mayhem and glitzy song and dance routines, along with the cheeky naughtiness of these delightful characters. Sooty’s magic contraption with various knobs and levers made all sorts happen. The biggest laugh, every time, coming from the farty noises!
None of this could have happened without Richard Cadell. His relationship with Sooty, Sweep, Soo & Co is so natural it’s hard to believe they are hand puppets! I felt a ting of emotion when Sooty played that familiar song on his xylophone. I’d not heard it for a long time!
Richard reminded us that Sooty was born in Blackpool. North Pier in fact, in 1948! Sooty was delighted to be back in his home town. (Aren’t we all!)
Richard’s energy, enthusiasm, rapport with the audience is full-on. After the show, a queue of eager children snaked around the theatre, waiting noisily to have a photograph taken with Richard and Sooty. Richard could quite easily have retired to his changing room to take a breather before the next performance. But no. He gave his time to sit and chat with hundreds of kids, and managed a genuine smile every time a camera or mobile phone shutter clicked. A lovely gesture. A lovely man.
My young companion’s face was a picture of glee throughout the whole show. She fell in love with Sweep. Looking around the theatre at all the Sootys and Sweeps, the merchandise man made a killing!
Izzy whizzy let’s get busy!