26th September 2017


Dreamboats and Petticoats

Rock ‘n roll is here to stay,
It will never die
It was meant to be that way,
Though I don’t know why…

So sang Danny and the Juniors back in 1958/59. Well the last few weeks at the Wyvern Theatre have been the living proof of that.Dreamboats and Petticoats the musical


At the end of August there was the wonderful summer youth project with their sunny production of ‘Summer Holiday’.  Then just last week I was at the Wyvern watching ‘All or Nothing’, the Mod musical centred around the story of the Small Faces.  And last night I got to experience a night of my favourite music ever: that of the 1950s/early 1960s.  It’s not my era this stuff – my teenage years were the late 1960s/early 70s. Yet I totally love it. So a chance to see this show was a great treat.

Dreamboats and Petticoats started life with a couple of hugely successful compilation albums and now it’s a music-stuffed tale as frothy as the petticoats the girls wear. It’s a story of young love, and a song writing competition set in more innocent times, One where Rock n Roll is as young as the protagonists. And that’s no criticism. The plot is a vehicle for the songs – and what a lovely vehicle it is. It’s simply rocking good fun. What’s not to like?

Certainly last night’s audience loved it – and so did I.  

So my advice to you is to dig out your circular skirts and your petticoats, get the hairspray out and get off to the Wyvern and enjoy this production. It’s on all this week so you’ve got every chance to get there.  There’s a link to the booking information below. And here’s a nice promotional video on YouTube that’ll give you some brilliant background:

Find booking information here: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-dreamboats-and-petticoats-swindon-2017

I’ll leave you with Danny & the Juniors – after all, they said it best:




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