Joanne Heywood News
December 2011
Joanne is appearing as Mrs Darling, Big Chief Squatting Cow and Mia The Mermaid in Evolution Pantomimes production of Peter Pan at The Central Theatre, Chatham

Extract from "The Stage" Review:-

Published Thursday 15 December 2011 at 11:41 by Susan Elkin

One of the best things about Evolution Pantomimes’ annual outing in Chatham is the vibrant live music from a three piece band led by MD, David Randal, set in two balconies over the sides of the stage.

There are some splendid dance sequences in this show, especially in the Indian scenes (with Joanne Heywood very pleasing as a fine-voiced Squatting Cow).

November 2011
Switching on the Christmas Lights at Chatham, along with Frumpid Stumplestone and Emma Russell
October / November 2011
Joanne creates the roles of "Fiona" and also that of Fiona's daughter "Miranda" in this new comedy by Dave Simpson.

Ian Dickens Productions International

One housing estate.  Two parties.

Fiona is organising an Ann Summers party in her house on behalf of her friend Jan.

Next door, Fiona's long-suffering husband, Robin, has been coerced by the mums from the Ann Summers party into "baby-sitting" and organising a kids' party.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Ann Summers party is hilarious and loud.  The kids' party next door is chaotic - and the evening ends in mayhem, chaos, recriminations and broken relationships.

At its comic heart it reflects how parents' attitudes and opinions convey themselves in their own kids - for better or worse.

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February 2012
Currently in rehearsals...

Joanne is creating the role of "Susan Pengelly" in Ron Aldridge’s "Haunted"

Presented by
Ian Dickens Productions International Ltd

A nightmarish journey through the mind of a double murderer in this psychological, supernatural and erotic comedy-thriller.  Having convinced the courts that both were accidents, the murderer has been found ‘not guilty’…twice.

Now the only way for justice to be done is for the guilty party to confess to both murders - but how to make him confess?  Take delight in the funny, sexy and supernatural ‘roasting of the cad’ as his two avengers ensure he gets his ‘just deserts’ and explore the intriguing question of whether romantic relationships develop after death.
March 2012
Tuesday 28th February & Wednesday 29th February 2012 Lincoln Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Tuesday 6th March to Saturday 10th March 2012 The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tuesday 27th March to Saturday 31st March 2012 The Grand Theatre, Swansea
Wednesday 25th April to Saturday 28th April 2012 The Harlow Playhouse
Tuesday 15th May to Saturday 19th May 2012 The Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Following successful previews at Lincoln Theatre Royal, Joanne is now touring in "Haunted" until May 2012.
Extract from a review of Haunted

"A deliciously dark erotic thriller" by Jill Lawrie for remotegoat on 16/05/12

Peter Amory (well-known for his 14 years in the TV soap "Emmerdale" as the infamous businessman Chris Tate) takes the role of the double murderer Paul Pengelly, haunted by his dark secrets of denial and he gives a convincing performance of the complex disturbing psyche of this character.  Joanne Heywood (Susan Pengelly) provides a beautifully sustained portrayal of the unashamedly sensual embittered wife, while Nicola Weeks (Melanie Tremayne) plays the childhood sweetheart, superbly shifting between innocence, vulnerability and genuine fear.  Nick Ricketts completes this strong line-up as the estranged cousin Richard Tremayne, joining forces with Pengelly's seething wife to accelerate a conviction for the freak accidents to the two victims.

An excellent adaptation of this supernatural spine-chilling drama.
Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th June 2012 Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Monday 18th June to Saturday 23rd June 2012 Derby Theatre, Derby
Tuesday 3rd July to Saturday 7th July 2012 The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tuesday 31st July to Saturday 4th August 2012 The Grand Theatre, Swansea
Monday 20th August to Saturday 25th August 2012 The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
Tuesday 4th September to Saturday 8th September 2012 The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
Tuesday 18th September to Saturday 22nd September 2012 The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tuesday 25th September to Saturday 29th September 2012 The Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The Capitol Theatre, Horsham
Wednesday 3rd October to Saturday 6th October 2012 The Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
Wednesday 17th October to Saturday 20th October 2012 Theatre Royal, Windsor
June 2012
Currently in rehearsals... then touring 'til late October

Joanne is playing "Eva Bolton", the Prime Minister's wife, in Charles Ross's "Dead Ringer"

Presented by Ian Dickens Productions International Ltd

Menace and murder in high places

When the Prime Minister drops dead from an apparent heart attack on the eve of a general election, two cabinet members who fear they need his charisma to get re-elected hire an out of work actor to replace the deceased. This dead ringer is supposed to fill in until after the election is won, but he grows to like the role until he discovers that the real PM was poisoned.

This thriller plunges from early amusing fantasy into murder and dark plots. Laced with humour throughout, ‘Dead Ringer’ is, at its heart, a Murder Mystery, and one which will keep the audience guessing right up to the moment of the explosive conclusion.
January 2013
It's the final couple of weeks of Rapunzel and The Rascal Prince.

It's been a wonderful show and Joanne has enjoyed every minute.
July 2012
For one week only Ron Aldridge's "Haunted" will be playing at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.

An extract from a Review: (click link for full article)

"Paul’s ex-wife Susan is played by the remarkably seductive and sexy Joanne Heywood who manages virtually single handedly to turn this into an erotic, supernatural thriller."
August to October 2012
"Dead Ringer" is still touring.  For venues and dates please see June, below
Panto season is upon us and Joanne is currently in rehearsals for Rapunzel and The Rascal Prince, at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

November 2012
December 2012
Rapunzel and The Rascal Prince is selling well and getting rave reviews.  Click the links for full reviews.

British Theatre Guide:  Joanne Heywood menacingly taunts the audience complete with cackle to die for.

Bury Free Press: Joanne Heywood stole the show as the evil Ragwort, dishing out insults to the audience and strutting her stuff as she sang versions of Michael Jackson’s Bad and Christine Aguilera’s Fighter – the latter of which was visually stunning complete with fireworks and a moving tower.

The Public Reviews: Joanne Heywood revels in the pure evil of Ragwort, spitting venom in every line.

The Stage: There’s an incredibly nasty baddie, Ragwort by name, who snatches a baby, keeps the villagers starving and cultivates an enormous worm, who is played by Joanne Heywood with fiendish style.

Whats On Stage:  Our villainess Ragwort is the excellent Joanne Heywood, shimmering away in green silks and the highest of heels. Thoroughly boo-able – just as a baddie should be.
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March 2013
It's time for some new Head Shots so Joanne will be visiting Nicholas Dawkes and is really looking forward to this long-overdue session...  Check out the "Head Shots" tab to see the results of the session.
July 2013
Currently in rehearsals...

Joanne is delighted to be working with the lovely and talented Mark Stratton; they worked together, many years ago(!), at York Theatre Royal in "Behind The Scenes At the Museum".

"Last Of The Red Hot Lovers", is a wonderful challenge as Joanne is playing all three female roles...

Middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late and arranges three seductions: the first, Elaine Navazio a sexpot who likes cigarettes, whiskey, and other women's husbands; Bobbi Michele is next, an actress who is madder than a hatter; finally comes Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife who happens to be married to Barney's best friend.
August 2013
Joanne is appearing in...

"Last Of The Red Hot Lovers"
at Esk Valley Theatre

Friday 9th to Saturday 31st August 2013

Performances at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday

Matinees at 2.30pm every Thursday

and also Saturday 17th and Tuesdays 20th and 27th August

Tickets: £12.50 / £11 concessions


To book please ring the Box Office on 01947 897587
... in action as Ragwort
... publicity shot during rehearsals
... rehearsals!
Rehearsal pic... Bobbi & Barney getting stoned...
During rehearsals a wonderful promotional video was made by Rory Gault...   Click here to watch the video
November 2013 - January 2014
Last Of The Red Hot Lovers is receiving fabulous reviews..

The York Press:  ... this production benefits hugely from the fun of seeing Heywood’s considerable skills in portraying differing mannerisms and outlooks on life.

The Scarborough News: Joanne Heywood plays all three women –  She is exquisitely, powerfully convincing in all roles.

The Stage:  Joanne Heywood plays all three women with sufficient definition, particularly in their movement identity. -  In fact it’s a near perfect piece of theatre.

Joanne is creating the role of Fanny Marigny in The Snow Gorilla at The Rose Theatre Kingston.
Run away to the Rose this Christmas and step into the magical world of the Circus Marigny.

This is it… the circus… I’ve longed for this… imagined it, wished it and dreamed it!

Join Sunny on the adventure of a lifetime and experience African Acrobats, Spanish Flamenco, jugglers, contortionists and death defying aerialists in the land of sawdust and dreams.

Captivated by the spectacular sights and sweet smells of the circus, Sunny finds an unlikely friend in The Mighty Gor and strives to win the heart of the Ring Mistress’ beautiful daughter as he is embraced by this new, eccentric family of performers.

But when he stumbles upon the circus’ dark secret, a mysterious figure threatens Sunny’s newfound happiness…

This Christmas, in an event like no other, circus and storytelling collide on the Rose Theatre stage to create a hugely entertaining spectacle for the whole family!

For more information or to book on line, please click here.
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