BY day she works hard at catching criminals. But by night, Bev Jacques is something altogether different...
The South Yorkshire Police senior fingerprints officer is to get BEHIND prison bars for her latest role!
For Bev, from Wombwell, will leave the old Bill to be an “old lag” in Bad Girls – The Musical, to be shown next month at Birdwell’s Academy Theatre.
As Noreen Biggs – a principal part in the play – 47-year-old Bev will transform herself into “an institutionalised old timer, who is 65 going on 100”.
Bev – in the police force for 29 years – said: “I’ve been told by the director to wear no make-up and scrape back my hair. Apparently that’s all I need to do to look 65!”.
As she prepares for her most unglamorous moment, Bev must also conquer the cockney slang, and find her singing voice...
She confessed: “My only experience of singing is karaoke - and that’s usually at the end of the night to empty the pub”.
Bev is quite a newcomer to the stage, having made her debut in LS Theatre Productions’ iconic sell out show Kes.
She said: “I wanted to do something positive during a very stressful time, and the Kes director wanted “raw” talent.
“It was a fantastic experience and got me hooked on acting.”
More recently, she “got gobby” for a lead role in the comedy Sun, Sand, Sea and....Crabs, that played to sell-out audiences at Birdwell.
This Barnsley premier of West End smash Bad Girls is also by Kes company LS, with director and producer Lee Semley.
Bev enthused: “The musical numbers are really emotive and the scenes exciting. It will be a brilliant show”.
The drama – based on characters from the gritty TV drama set in fictional prison HMP Larkhall – runs from May 23.
For details, call 01226 744442.