3rd Feb 2012
Thriplow Village hall
This weekend saw the Opera Dudes entertaining in Cambridgeshire armed and ready for action.Tim 'Walking In The Air' Lole and Neil 'Ranulph Fiennes' Allen braving the elements to bring entertainment and musical fun to the inhabitants of rural Cambridgeshire on behalf of ADeC Rural Touring.
Friday night saw the Dudes at Thriplow - pronounced Triplow.
We were greeted by the incomparable Barbara - more of her later - and the Three Ds (or is that Tree Ds?) - Derek and the two Davids. The stage was set, the 'dress circle' erected and the lighting sorted - what a team! Barbara was the perfect host and her hospitality was only matched by her loquacity!
The unforgettable " piano duet "
|You have such a nice touch!!|
The audience seemed a little nervous in the first half - not quite sure what they had let
themselves in for - and the folk on the dress circle thought they were safe until Neil clambered up there for the singing of La Donna E Mobile.
However, they warmed up quickly and seemed to enjoy the rollercoaster ride of the singing and comedy that is the Opera Dude show.
|Come on don't be shy!!|
The most discerning member of the audience was the 7 year old girl who sat on the front row, stayed for the whole show and proclaimed sagely at the end
'My very favourite bit was Neil's eyebrows'!!
We stayed the night and most of the next day with Barbara, who is a force of nature. We had half the Dramatic Society back for a drink and we learned all about Barbara's amazing life and work. What an inspiration!