Ex-Coronation Street actress brings band to Southsea

Denise Black
Denise Black
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Ex-Coronation Street actress Denise Black has a loose screw. No, she hasn’t gone stark raving mad – it’s just the name of her folk rock band.

Born in Emsworth, Denise returned to the area recently when the Sister Act musical came to the Southampton Mayflower and she’s coming home again this weekend for a two-night run with her band at The Cellars at Eastney.

Taking two nights off from her role as Mother Superior in the Sister Act tour, Denise Black’s Loose Screw will be at The Cellars tonight and tomorrow.

Though she’s best known for her acting roles as Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street and Hazel Tyler in Queer as Folk, she was originally a singer and grew-up in Bedhampton and Hayling Island.

Because Denise’s dad and sister both live in Southsea, she decided to visit for a gig so her dad could see her band perform live for the first time. And the band plan to test out some new material at The Cellars show.

Denise says: ‘I know that he will give it to me straight from the hip on the night.

‘What I want to do at The Cellars is an intimate gig. It is a great small venue with a wonderful reputation and a lot of bands go there with new material so I thought it would be perfect place.’

Lead guitarist Graeme Taylor’s mum is also from the city meaning the band have strong connection to Portsmouth.

After the gigs, the band will be ‘throwing themselves’ into recording their debut album, having formed last year and played a sell-out week at Pizza on the Park in London.

‘They were our very first gigs as Loose Screw. That is when I realised that I loved being in the band and that the audience enjoyed it. That’s the real acid test – if the audience like it too,’ says Denise.

Tickets cost £12 in advance from (023) 9282 6249 or thecellars.co.uk or £14 on the door from 7.30pm.

You can see Denise Black’s Loose Screw performing City People at the National Theatre at portsmouth.co.uk/video.

KIMBERLEY BARBER