Play, Rusty, for me!

SHE is renowned for her Caribbean cuisine, bubbly personality and infectious laughter but few people may realise that Rustie Lee also has a powerful singing voice.

By Jo Macdonald

SHE is renowned for her Caribbean cuisine, bubbly personality and infectious laughter but few people may realise that Rustie Lee also has a powerful singing voice.

Now the chance has arrived to check it out when she arrives in town tomorrow night as part of all singing and dancing musical show Tapfusion!.

The nationally acclaimed show has received rave reviews on its current British tour and is a unique experience that marries Caribbean steel pan, Lindy Hopping, Irish step, American rhythm, tap and hip hop dance.

The show promises to be an electric dance review and features Tarik Winston, the American tap virtuoso of Riverdance, and the company he founded in 1991, Awakening Theatre Dance Company.

The company will perform alongside The Jiving Lindy Hoppers, who are acclaimed as one of the finest authentic jazz dance companies in Europe.

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Rustie Lee guest stars on the show proving that there are more strings to her bow than many people may have realised.

Rustie came to the attention of the nation when she was offered the chance to introduce Caribbean cooking to a wider audience on BBC's Pebble Mill at One.

She went on to appear on countless more television programmes but at the same time was appearing in various theatre and musical shows as well as establishing herself as a television actress and opening Europe's largest Caribbean restaurant in Tenerife.

Now she has returned to the singing as she takes to the stage with Tapfusion!, giving it an added spice.

The show was first performed at the Aberdeen International Festival and has received rave reviews since it opened. Festival director Nicola Wallis said: "This is a group of highly talented young artists and dancers that it would be hard to find anywhere else in the world."

n Tapfusion! is at Ipswich Regent tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13.50 and £11.50 and are available by calling 01473 433100 or at the theatre box office on the night.

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