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Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act

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Jacqueline Wilson's beloved book, Double Act, is coming to life for a limited time only. Read More >

Jacqueline Wilson’s beloved book, Double Act, is coming to life for a limited time only.

Meet Ruby and Garnet. They’re twins, identical and inseparable – and do absolutely EVERYTHING together. But their lives are about to change. Recently, Dad’s gone a bit weird. He’s been acting strange ever since he started dating that frizzy dizzy Rose. And now he’s only gone and bought a bookshop in the country…

Vicky Ireland’s funny and gripping stage adaptation of Double Act, based on Jacqueline Wilson’s multi-award-winning book, was an instant hit when it premiered at Polka in 2003 and loved by thousands of children during a UK tour.

Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s most popular authors, selling over 38 million books in the UK alone. Her most successful and enduring creation is the Tracy Beaker series. In 2002 she was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson. In the same year she became the Foundling Museum’s first Coram Foundling Fellow. From 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. Her recent titles include Opal Plumstead and Katy and the forthcoming My Mum Tracy Beaker.

Vicky Ireland returns to Polka Theatre, where she was Artistic Director from 1988-2002, to direct. She has adapted and directed six books by Wilson, which toured the UK and are published by Nick Hern Books. Her television writing includes two series of adaptations of Allan Ahlberg’s, Happy Families books for BBC TV, which received a Writer’s Guild GB nomination.


Age Recommendation: 7+ i

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 15/06/2018

Closing Night: 5/08/2018

Running time: 1h50 inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Ruby - Ruby Ablett

Garnet - Lydia Orange

Rose - Davina Moon

Gran - Erika Poole

Jeremy - Joseph Rowe

Dad - Phil Yarrow


Director - Vicky Ireland

Designer - Zoe Squire

Choreographer - Ben Redfern

Lighting Designer - Aaron J. Dootson

Sound - Steven Markwick

Author - Jacqueline Wilson

Assistant Director - Yu Chia Huang

About Polka Theatre

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