You’re never fully dressed without a smile

Meet Lewis.
He’s a Redcoat.
He’s living the dream and living it large in Bognor Regis.
He likes to smile and show you a good time.

But what happens when you’re having an ‘off day’? And you tell Barney the Dinosaur to piss off…in front of a load of kids?

Redcoat the highly popular debut show, by theatre-maker and entertainer Lewis Jobson, returns to Live Theatre this October as part of their reopening season, Back to Live.

Redcoat is a fun, life-affirming and joy-filled show exploring happiness and our desire to entertain. Loosely inspired by Lewis’ experiences as a Butlin’s Redcoat, this whirlwind of humour mixes storytelling, music and comedy. It’s a coming-of-adult story; about discovering the person you really want to be. 

Expect classic holiday tunes, beach parties, dance routines, balloon modelling, karaoke sing-a-longs and that extra special bit of Redcoat sparkle.

“It’s the show everyone needs right now!”
Audience Member

Wed 27 – Sat 30 Oct

7.30pm | Approx 1 hr | No Interval

Live Theatre | Newcastle

£10 – £15 | Concessions from £6 | Tickets are managed by Live Theatre


Written & performed by
Lewis Jobson

Directed by
Melanie Rashbrooke

Created & devised by
Lewis Jobson & Melanie Rashbrooke

Produced by
The Six Twenty

Exeunt review

Fuelled by a likeable and energetic performance by Jobson – who it’s pretty much impossible not to be charmed by – this delightfully upbeat piece was an absolute joy. Tempered with enough shade and nuance to stop it being too saccharine, it’s nonetheless not afraid to just embrace the joyful silliness of having a job where ‘swanning’ is an actual requirement, and you spend a lot of your time hanging around with workmates dressed like dinosaurs.


What people say

Redcoat was one of my favourite shows I have ever seen. So fun and touching. Would like to have more shows like this on the main stage!”

“So entertaining, uplifting and full of energy.”

“Just brilliant!”

Audience feedback from March 2020 R&D showings


“We are back! We are extremely excited to be bringing Redcoat to Live Theatre for its Premiere. Live Theatre is like a second home to me so it’s a great privilege to show the wonderful North East this pocket rocket of a show.

Redcoat is about being happy, but a little bit about being sad. What it’s like (and how it feels) to never be fully dressed without a smile.

It’s about memories, it’s about new friendships, it’s about gagging over the ‘Slushy Guy’,  it’s about going out into the big bad world of children’s entertainment and trying not to lose it! And most importantly it’s my story…and I can’t wait to share it with you all.”

A work-in-progress preview of Redcoat was performed in March 2020 at Live Theatre (Newcastle).

We are currently looking for commissioners and supporting partners for Redcoat. Please get in touch with Steven Blackshaw to find out more