Great British Country Fete
Bush Theatre's summer bagatelle this year is a slim and bouncy musical
by Russell Kane, with songs by Michael Bruce.
is that an entire country village is about to be displaced by a giant
Tesco store, and the one local holdout holds a fair to remind the
villagers and the corporate interlopers what will be lost.
in a string of
comic sketches and musical numbers what he finds (among others) are the
little old lady jam-maker whose prejudices extend to dark-skinned
fruits, a yuppie couple whose weekend farming includes trying to milk a
male goat, Bulgarian migrant workers annoyed because the Poles get all
the publicity, and his son who can't wait to get out and come out.
really worth saving, or is it as dead and stuffed as the village
mentally-challenged under-employed person's pet ferret? Fear not - a
happy ending of sorts is reached somehow, though I doubt you'll
remember - or care - how an hour later.
and personable performers, Katie Brayben, Graham Lappin and Gabriel
Vick, play everyone, taking turns accompanying each other on piano,
guitar and (lord help us) accordion; and director Anthea Williams keeps
things perking along in a happy spirit of acknowledging that it's all
just a bunch of friends doing their party pieces.
to it in that spirit and the hour-and-a-quarter bounces by enjoyably.
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Great British Country Fete - Bush 2010