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MEET THE ANCESTORS
"Meet The Ancestors"
Blakeney Players - Blakeney Village Hall
This year Blakeney Players have once again departed from tradition and instead of their usual New Year pantomime or musical extravaganza they produced a historical revue consisting of a series of nine individual sketches, written by different members of the company, and loosely linked together under the title of “Meet The Ancestors”
The production was the brainchild of director Peter Franklin who took the role of a lecturer, visiting the Village Hall, on behalf of The Blakeney Historical Society. Aided by an ingenious time machine operated by Barbara Franklin the audience was, at the push of a few buttons, able to travel back in time to see history as it really happened and their inter-action linked the amusing and imaginative sketches together.
The first sketch entitled “In The Beginning” featured Steve Benson as God and the second gave Richard Newton and Janet Harcourt the opportunity to hone their Norfolk dialect as they described the story of Adam and Eve as covered in the local press. As the evening progressed we travelled back 20,000 years, joined the Romans in Britain, visited Stonehenge and saw Dave Long, resplendent with hair, as Samson and later as Alfred burning the cakes despite the surreal instruction of Fanny Craddock, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Michael Andrews.
There was a larger cast than usual – no fewer than 32 names were listed in the programme - and there were several new and younger faces who adapted well to the traditional song and dance numbers which as usual were expertly choreographed by Marjorie Davies. It is a mystery how numbers such as “Zambezi” fit easily into the historical theme!
The last sketch cleverly brought together all that had gone before and featured the excellent voices of Steve Benson and Merle Hooke singing “Peace on Earth”. The Players’ loyal and enthusiastic audience would all join in saying “Amen” to that.