17th Feb 2012
Egde Village Hall
Mid February and the intrepid Dudes set off for a weekend of their usual mix of opera, swing and show-stopping comedy in Gloucestershire on behalf of Air In G.
A couple of hours on the M42, trailing the ubiquitous Mr Stobart, reading adverts for prostrate relief in Motorway service stations toilets and listening to Radio 5 Live can soon make even the most star struck long for the glamour of the water-cooler, the office stapler and the promise of the index-linked pension.
However, sometimes there is a small pot of gold at the end of the tarmac rainbow and you emerge from the travel gloom in a jewel of a place whose beauty revives and reinvigorates you and makes you feel in the mood for entertaining!
All small windy roads, rolling hills and hidden houses on the approach, then suddenly you arrive at the Village Green, park in the small (single) parking spot by the Village Hall and step outside to the familiar rural bovine greeting which assaults your nose and is music to your ears. Delightful!
The Village Hall is not large - a couple of decent sized sitting rooms would do it - but they clearly know a thing or two about community and about filling spaces here. We have been in venues twice the size where they struggle to hit 50, but in Edge, there were 70 people comfortably crammed in and ready for a sing song.
Great turnout and great atmosphere. Lively crew too - liked to have their say, wanted to be in on the act as much as possible, especially Malcolm! I won't repeat some of his lines as we'll probably use them in the next show but he certainly provided us with some extra laughs on Friday.
The locals duly arrived - mainly on foot – and they were an impressive bunch, as delightful and friendly as they were sartorially blessed....
As soon as extra seats were found, the show was under way, Tim and Neil were in full flow singing socks off and the audience were happily munching the gourmet canapés provided by Carolyn and her team...
Actually this is Honey Carolyn's Old Donkey. She has seen three male Donkeys off in her time and is still in good nick at 30 years of age!!