About The All New Blues and Soul Revue: Meet the artists who play the parts of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's characters 'Jake and Elwood' in this fitting Blues Brothers Tribute band.
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'JOLIET' JAKE - As portrayed by DAVE WIGGINS
Based in Bedford, UK, Dave Wiggins is an established actor, musician, entertainer and producer, with 30 years' professional experience in the UK Creative Arts industries. Since the early 90's, Dave has performed over 3000 live shows across the world across a variety of projects, including many prestigious and large-scale events with his self-devised musical productions. As a Spotlight actor, Dave is represented by Sharon Thomas at ST Management in the UK.
Dave has more than a decade of experience in teaching Music and Performing Arts within state education, having taught both at secondary level and as a college lecturer. He graduated from the University of Bedfordshire in 2019 with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts, and a Masters degree (MA) in Screen Performance and Communication Techniques from the same institution. He now offers private individual and group tuition in Screen Performance via his company, BigWig Productions.
Dave holds full Public Liability Insurance and a current DBS certificate. Full professional references can be provided upon request. He is a member of the actor's union Equity.
John Belushi's character 'Jake' is really brought to life by Dave, who also adds a little touch of his own character to the role.
ELWOOD - As portrayed by CHRISTOPHER RJ PARKER
Chris Parker joined THE ALL NEW BLUES AND SOUL REVUE late in 2015, and has made a huge impact already! A qualified teacher of drama, with a degree in Musical Theatre, Chris was a natural addition to the show from the outset.
At the tender age of just 24, Chris has also brought a new energy to the Revue, which gives it a whole new lease of life for 2016.
Bearing more than a passing resemblance to a certain Mr. Aykroyd too, Chris has mastered the moves and the mannerisms that make 'Elwood' unique!
Chris is actually the fourth Elwood that the show has employed since it's foundation in 2002.
Original member Colin Smith was with the show for the first seven years, and first 'retired' in 2009 to spend more time at home. His replacement, James Proctor, was with the show for the following four years, before leaving to pursue his teaching career, and he was then followed by Stuart Eckersley who deputised the position for six months in the early part of 2014. Colin returned later that same year to cover Elwood's responsibilities until a permanent suitable replacement could be found.
The photos and videos on this website show all four of these guys in action across a long time span!
This took longer than expected, as they are not easy shoes to fill....... but Chris arrived in October 2015, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Watch out for the crazy knee-to-floor dance moves, and if you're an unsuspecting member of the audience...... Well, just watch out, if Elwood is about!