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Midsummer Murmurs

posted 10 Jul 2010, 08:08 by Unknown user   [ updated 24 Oct 2010, 03:09 ]
Wycliffe Drama Group’s wittily named evening of entertainment “Midsummer Murmurs” was an evening of poetry and prose from the best of British writers. The audience sat at tables eating and drinking, cabaret style, during the evening.  Strawberries and cream were supplied at interval.


Members presented poetry by poets as diverse as Edward Lear, Dylan Thomas and Shakespeare. Jack Gamble enthusiastically recited the “Crimes of Goldilocks”, a sideways look at the fairytale by Roald Dahl.  Jane Payne became Pam Ayres (accent and all) bemoaning her flattened garden. Bruce Payne even had a “Stick with an ‘orses ‘ead ‘andle” as he recited “Albert and the Lion”. Sylvia Smith hilariously reprised Flanders and Swan with “Have some Madeira, m’dear”


British plays were represented.  Dickie and Ali Wood were the bored couple in an Ayckbourn play who barely spoke but whose thoughts were broadcast to the audience. Jacqui Denson (Juliet) and Andrew Spencer (Romeo) presented the balcony scene, and Becky Harwood was a delightful Shirley Valentine.


There were skits, sketches and prose and Russ Crooks movingly performed Churchill’s famous speech after Dunkirk, “We shall fight on the beaches”, to mark the 70th anniversary of that famous retreat. The evening closed with Richard and Gemma  Hill performing Britain’s favourite poem “If”- but with a twist.


This was nothing like the WDG’s traditional performances but this group refuse to stay in a rut and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show /social evening combination.


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