You put your left arm in, your left arm out
In out, in out, you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That's what it's all about
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Knees bent, arms stretched
Raa raa raa

You put your right arm in, your right arm out
In out, in out, you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That's what it's all about Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Knees bent, arms stretched
Raa raa raa

You put your left leg in, your left leg out
In out, in out, you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That's what it's all about
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Knees bent, arms stretched
Raa raa raa

You put your right leg in, your right leg out
In out, in out, you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That's what it's all about
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Whoa-o the Hokey Cokey
Knees bent, arms stretched
Raa raa raa




The Hokey Cokey Man - About The Play

The play opens with Al and Jenny both in their 80s, in a nursing home. Al is dozing and reflecting, rewinding through his life-memories. Through a series of re-enactments we see major events move forward from 1916, when he was in America to the present day. Meanwhile Jenny prattles on, waiting for their grandson, Alan to pay them a visit.

Al and Jenny met and married in Boston, New England, in 1918. She a beautiful, unworldly, quirky girl and he, a suave, dashing violinist. They have a daughter, Eileen, a spirited girl, who later creates a great deal of dramatic havoc around her.

They return to England and in the 1920s Al forms one of several bands and he acquires a certain celebrity status, which lasts for the next three decades. Women fall at his feet and one in particular a dancer stays at his side for 18 years. Jenny struggles to cope with this insurgent and Al, as this is not "normal" behaviour by her reckoning.

Eileen marries Alec at the age of 18. The marriage collapses when her impetuous nature leads her to take an irrevocable step. As a result she loses the child custody battle, and abandons her family to start a new life with a GI in America. A long and painful rift follows before she is finally reunited with her first family.

Al's musical career begins to decline as fashions in music change first in the 1940s, towards swing, and then rock and roll in the 1950s. Good fortune continues to desert him with the separation from Eileen's children and the theft of his irreplaceable violin.

Finally a mellow philosophical old man emerges and the play ends where it begins, in the nursing home, where they await Alan's visit.

Jenny in 1917, Boston, aged 21 years

Al in 1917, Boston aged 19 years

Bomber pilot Captain Jerry Salz, EIleen's second husband.

Eileen as a young woman in 1939.

Al with his grandchildren, Alan and Patricia.

Alan with Al and Jenny, his grandparents, outside their house in Wembley in 1963

Alec and Eileen reunited 1983

 

The Hokey Cokey Man - Cast Biographies

 

Anna Acton - Jenny / Elieen

Theatre includes: Noises Off (Liverpool Playhouse), Cor Blimey (Palace Theatre), Relatively Speaking (English Theatre), The Crucible and Chez Le Boucher (both at the Simmonds Theatre). Television includes: The CGI Sketch Show, Doctors, Holby City and Eastenders (all BBC), Harley Street, The Bill (both ITV), Family Affairs, Harry and Cosh (both Channel 5), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Metropolis (Granada), The Chocolate Scenario (Independent Film) and Sense and Sensibility (Independent Video).

 

James Doherty - Al

Theatre includes: Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Teenage Kicks (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), Teechers (Haymarket), Les Miserable (Palace), A Slice of Saturday Night (Arts), Separate Tables, Gangster No 1 (King’s Head), The Beggars Opera (Wimbledon Open Air), Buddy (UK & Toronto), The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph, Annie (National Tours). Television includes: Londoners (Polish TV), Eastenders (BBC), Genie in the House (Nickelodeon), Casualty (BBC), The Thick of It (BBC), According to Bex (ITV), All About George (ITV), The Bill (ITV), Holby City (BBC), Footballers Wives (ITV), Doctors (BBC), Peak Practice (ITV), The Royal (ITV). Film includes: City Rats, Dave and David, Too Much Too Young, The Man Who Would Be Queen and Backbeat.

 

Michael Gilroy - Alan / Abraham

Theatre includes: Private Jokes Public Places (New End Theatre), The Difficult Man, Jacques and His Master and Balm in Gilead (all The Drama Centre). Television includes: The Bill (ITV), Home Farm Twins (BBC), Family Affairs, Freed (BBC), Innocent - The Colin Stagg Story (BBC). Film includes: The STDers, Wooden Soul, An Absent Look, Not Yet, Dog Men, Safe Zone, Dance for Eternity

 

Lee Ormsby - Jack/ Jimmy

Theatre includes: Buddy (West End & UK Tour), Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Grease, Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Chess, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oedipus At Colonus, Dark of the Moon, Crazyface (Bristol Old Vic) The Bluebird of Paradise (Players Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour), And The World Goes Round. Television includes: The Honey Siege (ITV), The Democracy Game (C4), Going Live (BBC), The Weekend Starts Here (HTV), The Josie Lawrence Show (C4), Down To Earth (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV). Films include: Displaced Person (Partridge Films), Chess in Concert (DVD). Recordings include: Paradise Lost (1998 Cast Recording), Chess in Concert.

 

Issy van Randwyck - Victoria / Sarah

Theatre includes: Plaza Suite (The Mill at Sonning), For Services Rendered (Watermill Theatre, Newbury); Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Once in a Lifetime, A Little Night Music (both RNT), Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kiss Me Kate - Olivier Award Nominee: Best Supporting Role in a Musical (all at Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Arcadia, The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Small Family Business (all at Chichester Festival Theatre), Song of Singapore (Minerva Theatre, Chichester and Mayfair Theatre), Lysistrata (Greece), The Betrayal of Nora Blake (Jermyn Street Theatre). Television includes: Kingdom, Trial and Retribution and Numbertime. Toured worldwide with Larry Adler from 1991 to 2001. Was a part of Fascinating Aida from 1994 -1999 (Olivier Nominations for Best Entertainment 1995 and 2000). Currently working with Sarah Travis (multi award winning musical arranger) and Simon Slater (all round renaissance performer) in a satirical revue - Two Birds and Bloke.