A Miscellany of Mirth

A Miscellany of Mirth

A Miscellany of Mirth

7 - 14 April 2013


Sun 3:00pm, Sun 3:00pm

Songs and sketches from Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer, Noel Coward, Gilbers & Sullivan and others.

Presented by Edmund Jenner, Jack Wilkinson and Susan Bain. With guest appearances by Ann Thomas and Miles Jenner.

Followed by tea in the foyer


Following the success of our two Flanders & Swann shows, this time we are spreading our wings a bit. There will be a good helping of Flanders & Swann, familiar and less so, but there will be other songs, a poem and sketches from other sources including, amongst others, Tom Lehrer, Noel Coward and Gilbert & Sullivan. There will be guest appearances by Ann Thomas and Miles Jenner.

The show will take place in the main theatre and will be followed by tea in the foyer.

Ticket prices are £7 (including tea) or £3 for the show only.

You can book by post or telephone to the box offce in the usual way. The box offce itself will be open before and during the run of The Diva in Me.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what we hope will be another afternoon of fun and laughter. There will be a limit of 40 people for tea after each performance, so please book early if you require tea.


Jack Wilkinson and Edmund Jenner’s latest Café Sunday offering found them in more eclectic vein and, it must be said, since the scope of the material has widened, the appeal has worn rather more thin. There wasn’t so much Flanders and Swann, which rendered the earlier selections so charmingly nostalgic.

This time Edmund took on Tom Lehrer, a uniquely American performer, and while the biting lyrics were there, Lehrer’s panache and timbre weren’t. There were excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan [always a problematic choice, I’ve found, unless done in costume and full chorus] and ventures in comic verse.

Miles Jenner contributed two precisely-delivered Noel Coward gems and gave us an object lesson in singing in public, a lesson not followed by many of his fellows: best to learn the words, I reckon. It looks rehearsed and it looks professional. With Ann Thomas, Miles delightfully re-created those archetypal 1930s screen lovers, Fiona and Charles from the classic ‘Round The Horne’, reminding us of the genius of Barry Took and Marty Feldman.

Susan Bain accompanied on piano in an afternoon which was very much like the curate’s egg – good in parts. Bits were tasty, but the rest was noticeably underdone.

Derek Watts