Go Totally Tina with hit tribute show at Retford this week

Justine Riddoch stars as Tina Turner in the hit concert show Totally Tina. Picture: A Williams
Justine Riddoch stars as Tina Turner in the hit concert show Totally Tina. Picture: A Williams

Having headlined the 2015 Glastonbudget Festival last year (the biggest tribute festival of the year), the hit show Totally Tina comes to the Majestic Theatre in Retford this week.

Totally Tina is an award-winning tribute to the queen of rock & roll Tina Turner, which has been given the official UK number one’ honour by the Agents Association of Great Britain.

Currently touring the UK theatres in a full production version with a live band and dancers, the leading lady starring as Tina herself is Justine Riddoch.

Rather than being a biography, this show focuses on Tina Turner’s live concert career, replicating scenes from various tours over the last 50 years with custom twists and turns created by Justine and her cast.

Justine has been singing professionally for more than 22 years and has worked extensively in theatres and on national TV.

She is also a much sought-after session vocalist for some of the biggest record labels in the UK.

In her early career she could be seen treading the familiar cabaret scene as a dynamic vocalist and could boast knowing more than 5000 songs, becoming a human juke box at venues.

But it was in 2002 that her career changed direction.

After winning ITV’s Stars in their Eyes as Anastacia, her tribute show Justine is Anastacia was in great demand and she spent the next six years performing as her around the world, enlisting a live band to create more of a show feel.

When Anastacia stopped releasing albums and her popularity waned, it was time for Justine to change direction again.

Having been told on many occasions she really sounded like Tina Turner, Justine set herself the challenge to become the closest copy she could be.

But this was going to take some transformation.

After hours of scrutinising video footage, watching mannerisms and movements, hand-making the all important wig, deciding which costumes to copy, listening to patter and hundreds of versions of the same songs from different decades, the band and Justine created Totally Tina.

The boys in the band were informed that girls would have to be a big part of the show – oddly, no-one complained!

A troupe of professional dancers were hand-picked, choreography was based on Tina’s live shows and the group’s own unique creations were created and the whole production was rehearsed, tweaked and rehearsed again

The result is the award-winning Totally Tina show.

So get ready to Shake your Tailfeathers Live from Nutbush and enjoy a show that has been voted Simply the Best.

The show is at the Majestic Theatre in Retford on Friday, April 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £18 are available now from the box office on 01777 706866 or online at www.majesticretford.com