EVENT: Music Hall Memories
VENUE: Pocklington Community Hall, Burnby Hall Gardens
REVIEW BY: Catherine Goble
There is a lot said about East Riding Council, both good and bad, but on this occasion, their arts development unit definitely got it right.
It is a long time since I spent such an entertaining afternoon, with two hours flying past in fun and frolics, right on our doorstep.
We were treated to singing, dancing, hilarious comedy and magic tricks in a revue show which delighted the whole audience.
Music Hall Memories from Tony Peers Productions was designed to appeal to those who do actually remember the 1930s and 1940s, with the rest of the audience mostly reaching double my tender age of 30.
Nevertheless, the cruise-ship style revelry, one-liners from the compere (if you happen to see him walking around, ask him to tell you the one about the lions...) and gasp-out-loud sleight of hand tricks combined to entertain one and all.
How Diane Lawrence produced four white doves out of thin air, I will never know.
However, I reckon I may be able to replicate her card trick and astound my colleagues with my newfound abilities as a magician.
Paul, Rebecca and Linda were an accomplished song and dance trio, who really got into their stride as the show progressed.
We were even encouraged to sing along to some old favourites, an opportunity which the predominantly elderly audience embraced with relish.
The glamorous costumes added a further element of razzle-dazzle, despite the coat stand’s determination to fall apart at every given opportunity.
Mention must also be made of keyboard player Simon who accompanied every single act. His fingers must have ached by the end of the show.
I sincerely hope the Council’s arts development unit continues to bring us such enchanting performances in local venues and I encourage you to show your support for their next offering.
A raffle in the interval raised money for the scout hut building fund - and the producer’s holiday fund, if he is to be believed.
The show was attended by the chairman of East Riding Council, who gave a vote of thanks both at the start and the end, lending a certain gravitas to proceedings.
This may not be the last we see of Tony Peers Productions and I, for one, will be putting on my top hat and tails and coming back again next time they frequent these parts.