Monday, 30 November 2015

Another Coup By Slice Of Life Framlingham

I wrote in January about the surreality of walking two minutes down the road on a winter Sunday night to our small Suffolk town's church hall and watching critically acclaimed James Bloor from Cambridge Footlights perform his one man show. That was a bit of a coup by local arts events organiser Slice Of Life and I didn't expect them to repeat it. But I guessed wrong and on Sunday evening we were back in St Michael's Church Hall for another fabulous evening's entertainment.

Jason Forbes, Phil Wang and George Fouracres perform as sketch troupe Daphne. Their show Daphne Do Edinburgh was nominated in the best newcomer category at this year's Edinburgh Fringe and won best new act at London Sketch Fest 2015. In December they are performing Daphne Do Edinburgh In London but here they were in Fram entertaining a full house with a series of bizarre, silly, madcap, sometimes slapstick, always extremely clever and totally hilarious sketches. There were so many highlights it would be unfair to single out any one in particular. I loved George Fouracre's Shakespearian call to arms, Jason Forbes' tongue quivering Ainsley Harriot and Phil Wang's bucketful of coffee which led to an incredible acrobatic finale by Jason as a deranged barista in a routine that was like Norman Wisdom on speed and must have left the young man in need of first aid. We ended the night with the good folk of Framlingham bizarrely singing along to George's "cockney" ditty Bromley By Bow. Great fun. I don't know how Spice Of Life do it but long may they continue to do so.

My last blog included some St Andrews photos taken in glorious sunshine but it was business as usual for the weather for the following days as the caravan site suffered several days of near torrential rain. 

At least we got to see granddaughters  Rose and Melody. They decided to wear their princess outfits on Friday and turned plenty of heads as they walked through the town.

Melody is no longer the baby of the family.

We left St Andrews on Saturday and broke the journey for our friend Nita's 60th birthday party in Ribchester. Nita (right above) and husband Mark (second left) put on a fabulous party and we had a great evening and overnight stay before heading back to Suffolk in time for Daphne.