Having missed out on seeing Spend, Spend, Spend at the Union, I went instead to a performance by Trinity Laban musical theatre students at Stratford Circus. The show is based on the life of famous Pools winner Viv Nicholson, who won a fortune in the 1970s and then lost it all. She wrote a book with Stephen Smith which became the basis for this piece, which has music by Steve Brown and a book and lyrics by Brown and Justin Greene.
The show, which premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1998, is ably directed by Karen Rabinowitz and the young cast are a talented bunch, particularly Jack McCann as Viv’s beloved husband Keith and Rosie Barber and Nicole Feeley as the older and younger Viv respectively. You grow to care about this woman, whose working class Yorkshire roots remain even as she comes to embrace a more lavish lifestyle. It’s a show about aspiration and achievement, and above all, not having any regrets; a superb performance.