Step back in time and relive the birth of rock n roll
JAILHOUSE Rock, Shake Rattle and Roll and Good Golly Miss Molly – it’s hard to think of three songs in the charts right now that make you want to shake and shimmy as much as these 1950s classics do. If you're a fan of fifties’ crooners or you just fancy a chance to dress up in a poodle skirt, Rock Around The Clock is rolling into town next week. And according to one of the singers in the show, Ben Fitzpatrick, no matter who you are, you’ll struggle to stay seated in such a party atmosphere. “People I’ve spoken to that have seen the show say they’re amazed by the energy and how they've not wanted to stop dancing,” said the 21-yearold from Livingstone. “It’s one of those shows that is suitable for all ages – for older people as it makes them feel young again and youngsters who love to try doing the twist.” “We often get three generations dancing together and that’s a great feeling from the stage – to see you’re bringing a family together.” Rock Around The Clock is a celebration of the 1950s with non stop hits from the time. And while it doesn’t have a story as such, Ben thinks there’s some hints at a plot through the music. He said: “There’s definitely hints towards characters and relationships and little bits of story that are strung together throughout the show. “It’s all about the era and the feeling – so you get characters of the time like Teddy Boys.” And it’s not just the music that’s nostalgic, the clothing will also take the audience down memory lane. Ben said: “While I obviously wasn't born at the time of the decade, I love getting to wear a Teddy Boy suit in The Platters number. “I think my fashion taste might never leave the 50s after the show. “The whole thing is very colourful, pleasing to the eye, plus it’s hard not to look at the dancers and wish you could move like they do.” There’s one style element of the decade that proved a bit troubling for Ben however. “I had to get lessons in how to get a hair quiff but after touring since June I’ve mastered it.” The American Jukebox show has been touring in the UK since June 13 and it ends in October in a location Ben did not expect when he signed up. “Our last three shows are in Istanbul which is our only abroad date and a bit of a random one. “Getting a bit of sunshine after performing in Scotland will be lovely though and I'm excited to see the reaction in another country so different from my own.” Ben was still in drama college in Motherwell when he was offered the part in the hit show. He was spotted in the Motherwell College’s showcase performance at The Criterion Theatre in London by an agent. And the agent then sent him for an audition for the show. “The first audition was over so quickly that I didn't think they had liked me at all. I’d built myself up so much for it and then when I got in they just asked me to sing a couple of songs and go. “However the recall was different. I was in a room with 20 other guys and everyone was trying to do their best. It was rather intimidating to say the least.” As the token Scottish member of the cast, Ben
will be acting as tour guide and cultural guide in Aberdeen. “I’ve been teaching them Scottish words and sayings and as I’ve been up to Aberdeen a couple of times before I’ll be showing them around. “I'm sure it'll be all good feedback as I’ve yet to see someone at the show that doesn’t have a smile on their face.”
SWINGING: The show catches the mood of the 50s. JAILHOUSE ROCK: An Elvis tribute section in the Rock Around The Clock musical.
DOO-WOP: The 1950s show cast enjoy a singalong.