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A new comedy musical playing in London in April is based on the idea of a former Hethersett resident. 

Gabrielle Vautier (pictured above) came up with the original idea for a satirical musical featuring a wedding that doesn’t quite go according to plan. “A Karaoke Wedding” is held amongst the gurgling sound of a coffee machine and with vows exchanged over a karaoke machine. 

The musical is described as a satire of love, loneliness and latex. Despite the high divorce rate Bernadette and Dave are still desperate to enter a life of matrimonial bliss. The couple win a fantasy wedding in a radio competition but things don’t go according to plan. The musical takes a cynical look at the materialistic madness surrounding ‘ the most important day of your life.’ 

A Karaoke Wedding was originally written, rehearsed and performed in just seven days with a community cast of 32 at the Network Theatre in Waterloo. Due to its success it has been re-written and is now being performed with a professional cast of 16 at the Union Theatre in Southwark from 3rd to 21st April. Performances take place from Tuesday to Saturdays at 7.30 p.m with additional shows on Saturday at 3 p.m. There will be no performances on Friday 6th or Saturday 7th. There will even be live karaoke sessions after certain selected performances. Tickets can be booked on 0207261 9876. Prices are £10 and £8 except for Saturdays at £10 and £12, 

Gabby Vautier, whose parents Bonnie and Basil still live in Hethersett, will direct the show with the music, lyrics and musical direction from Harry Blake. “A Karaoke Wedding” is based on a story by John Hilton. 

Gabby is a member of the London Fringe Theatre Network and in the past has choreographed and directed. She has appeared on stage at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich and previously worked as an audience researcher for the Tricia show as well as with Gloria Hunniford. 

She studied drama, theatre, television and film at King Alfred’s College in Winchester and is at present community project manager with the Young Vic Theatre, working with the local community. She has also studied Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre.