Police worker’s view of life behind bars

L-R:'Angela Cordon, 'Bev Jacques,'Louise Leather,'Vicky Jones,'Kath Cooper
L-R:'Angela Cordon, 'Bev Jacques,'Louise Leather,'Vicky Jones,'Kath Cooper
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A FINGERPRINT officer for South Yorkshire Police has ended up behind bars...but only on stage.

Beverley Jacques, who has worked for South Yorkshire Police for 29 years, has landed a role in Bad Girls – The Musical, which is based around the fictional HMP Larkhall women’s prison featured in long-running TV series Bad Girls.

The amateur dramatics enthusiast auditioned for a part in the show, to be performed in the Academy Theatre in Birdwell, and was delighted when she landed one of the principal roles.

She has been chosen to play Noreen Biggs, a character who has become institutionalised in prison through a lifetime spent locked up.

Beverley, who only started acting in June last year, is now a member of the Take2 adult theatre group in Birdwell.

She will star in the show with her colleague Julia Purdy, who also works in South Yorkshire Police’s fingerprint bureau.

Former police officer Julie Clerehugh-Eaton also has a part.

Beverley said: “I am a Senior Fingerprint Officer working for South Yorkshire Police so I will be seeing the perspective from behind bars.”

Her first stint on stage came after she spotted an advert for a drama group auditioning for Kes.

“I wanted to do Kes because of my Barnsley roots and the advert said that they were looking for raw talent.

I finished up playing a few parts. It was a great experience and got me hooked on acting.

“My friend and colleague Julia saw how much fun I’d had with Kes and decided to join me at the Take2 Adult Drama group.

“I have always wanted to act but never seemed to find the time or the nerve.

“Doing a musical is a first for us both, so should be fun.”

The show runs from Monday, May 23, to Saturday, May 28. To book tickets call 01226 744442.