Aug 30

The answer is simple enough: it's the good old British music hall tradition, the sort of thing Bremner, Bird and friends represent when they portray the Duke of Edinburgh as someone who drives a cab in his spare time. The fun of the first part of the BLAG production was continued after the interval when it depicted another British phenomenon, the Royal Variety Show. There were good impersonations of, among others, Cilla Black, Shirley Bassey and Barbara Windsor. The principals of BLAG, Richard and Lynn Beaumont, are people with an offbeat sense of humour. Their entourage includes other talented performers and I was particularly impressed by Lucy Gwynne-Evans and Anna Rufey.

Martyn Pritchard