Stamford Corn Exchange will always be a very special place to us as it’s one of the first UK theatres we performed back in 2014. Stamford Corn Exchange first contacted us to perform a Christmas show and we have played their every year since including two Halloween shows. This time however would be our first time performing our Sounds of the 60s show in Stamford and we were really looking forward to it.
One of the best things about Stamford is that they have a wonderful team at the venue; Roger, Jack, Tom, Mick & Jacob were all on hand to help us load the equipment in. We set up, sound checked and nearly three hours later we got changed and ready for the concert.
The show started with a brilliant dance routine to ‘Old bamboo’ and ‘Let’s go fly a kite’ from the 1968 film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. The routines were performed by the students from NKA Dance Studio :The Paradise Mini’s and the Paradise Petites. Thank you so much to Nina Peniasko and all the NKA Dance team!
The Zoots kicked off their set with a few early Sixties songs from Eddie Chocrun, Chuck Berry and The Shadows. It was wonderful to play in a venue which such a history. Stamford Corn Exchange was built in 1859 as a venue to trade but also to host concerts and events. It became a cinema in the early 1900’s and showed films for nearly a hundred years! The Zoots were showing some of our new films too which we had made especially for the show. Alot of work had gone into making them and also showing them on the night by Ed, Lauren and the crew.
In the audience were John and Helen Darnes who were celebrating their 40th Anniversary. As John has been to lots of our shows Harriet dedicated ‘Boots are made for walking’ to them both. Happy Anniversary to you! Congratulations!
The Corn Exchange was bought in 2000 by the newly formed Corn Exchange Theatre Company, who – along with volunteers – converted the building into a theatre over the course of seven years. It started programming productions on a full-time basis in 2008. The venue is run by volunteers all of whom are very friendly and we appreciate all their hard work to make sure we can tour our show.
After the interval the show started with the students from NKA Dance Studio who had a routine to ‘Goldfinger’ by Shirley Bassey. They looked fantastic and the costumes were brilliant. Thank you so much to Nina Peniasko for putting it all together and for all the hard work by the students for learning the great routines. Also a huge thanks to the parents for supporting the show.
I found this fab video from the second half taken by Martin Radley of The Zoots version of I’m a Believer by The Monkees. Thank you Martin.
One of the main reasons we keep coming back to the Corn Exchange is because of the support we have at the venue; Natalie Wilmer, Jacky Gough, Lisa North and both Ebony and Leanne Waldron. Every time we perform at Stamford they cheer us on and it really makes the trip worthwhile. I did run the risk of upsetting this time though!! We were looking for a volunteer and no one put their hand up so I asked Natalie on stage. Even though she’d see the show before she was shocked to be on stage and performing ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ with us!! Natalie was such a good sport and she did great! Natalie won a navy blue Zoots t-Shirt which she thoroughly deserved!
Thank you to Natalie and her lovely friends who took alot of the pictures on the night too.
We had a tremendous response from the audience and saw lots of new faces which was really nice. We had lots of fantastic comments which really made the show special.
Thank you to Judith and Wayne for all your help putting on the show and to all the crew Jacob, Mick, Roger, Tom, Lauren and all the volunteers.
Thank you for reading! Love from Jamie