Our Hunter Valley show… another success for The Goon Show LIVE!
Last Saturday 6th September 2014 marked another new step in our history; we took our show to The Sebel Kirkton Park in the premiere wine region of NSW, the Hunter Valley. This was a Father’s Day-eve show, and it was wonderful to see so many Dads being spoilt by their families.
The pressure was on the cast that night, as only days earlier our very own Simon Lenthen, who plays Harry Secombe in the show, had been whisked off to hospital. With a bit of jiggling about (not THAT kind of jiggling…) we decided that Simon’s place should be filled by David Attrill who usually performs as BBC announcer Wallace Greenslade – and taking his place behind the desk, was our our very own director Bryan Cutts.
With a bit of hard work behind the scenes, we pulled it off!
As usual we featured three wonderful original episodes from the pen of Spike Milligan; The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea, Napoleon’s Piano and The Greenslade Story.
The audience were engaged right from the start, laughing all the way through the show. David Attrill’s timing, not to mention his ample presence made up for losing Simon for the night… and Bryan having rolled up his sleeves to step on stage for the first time in a couple of years, showed them all he’s still ‘got it’.
The audience comments afterwards were very appreciative, with several people asking when we’d be back! (Well, you never know….) On our Facebook page, Andrew wrote, “Was a fantastic show. Thank you. Seriously funny !!!” – thank you Andrew, we trust we weren’t too serious though.
We even found a Harry Secombe look-alike in the audience; we reckon Jim W. cuts a fine figure, don’t you think?