"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. "
(Macbeth: Act V Scene V)
'Morecambe' by Tim Whitnall
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‘A show that will bring sunshine into the lives of all who see it.’ (Daily Telegraph)
The one-man show, Morecambe by Tim Whitnall is more than just a monologue. It forms an incredibly emotional yet hilarious evocation of a perennial national treasure, Eric Morecambe. It takes its audience back to 1984 to join the much-loved comedian for the penultimate stop on his heavenward journey, reminiscing, before dancing off into immortality. Having won a 2009 Scotsman Fringe First Award for ‘innovation and outstanding new writing’, a subsequent West End production of Morecambe was also awarded the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.
Lighted Fools Theatre Company was proud to present one of the first non-professional productions in the country of this acclaimed show.
REVIEW OF 'MORECAMBE' by ROGER MOODY
‘I am playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order!' is a quip identified by many of us with the much loved comedian, Eric Morecambe. I was astonished to be reminded he died in 1984 but for me, regular TV retrospectives and reminiscences coalesced those intervening years - 33 of them - into something a lot shorter. He re-emerged again last week in Morecambe, a play at the Mill Studio by Tim Whitnall that is both an homage to the comedian and TV's so called 'Golden Age.' It is also a script for one actor and a two hour monologue. Lighted Fools' leading man, David Webb, took on the role and the responsibility. In my judgement he began his two hour stint hesitantly, using the safety-line of reliable technique but Webb progressively gained our confidence by offering us an interpretation of the man, side-stepping an out-and-out impersonation. The script is technically conjured to facilitate this; peppered with cameos and jokes it cements Morecambe's humour and fixes an appropriate image for us and so a physical similarity, while helpful, is incidental. ‘Did you hear about the man who stole a calendar? He got 12 months!’ David Webb's timing was well honed and there were frequent roars of laughter. By the interval we had settled into a comfortable, front-room, intimacy. The storyline tells of the struggles, set-backs and successes in the showbiz lives of Morecambe and inevitably Ernie Wise too. The play wasn't a daring 'tell all' and certainly didn't let the daylight in on magic but rather adds to it, earning Webb standing applause at the end of the evening; the first I have seen at the Mill Studio.
COMMENTS FROM OUR AUDIENCE ON 'MORECAMBE'
Congratulations - what a wonderful show
David Webb was brilliant
I thoroughly enjoyed the performance
Bloody brilliant in all respects!
The staging was impeccable
In his handling of the dummy, David Webb really brought Ernie alive
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Morecambe - it was brilliant, one of the best
Amazing performance by David Webb but I was also hugely impressed by the choreography, lighting, sound and everything else
David Webb is in a class of his own. He was brilliant
There was obviously an enormous empathy between the director, Richard Parish and the actor, David Webb to achieve what they did
Ab fab! What a superb production with such amazing acting!
I am sure you are all now bathed in glory after that wonderful production
The team work shone out, the lighting, the timing of the sound cues and general stage management were so effective
I am so glad I came to see it - a production to cherish
A stunning production
David webb was absolutely wonderful in all his parts and transported us back to a golden age
David Webb was truly involved with his audience
I cannot say anything other than excellent - production, direction set and acting. Wow!
Just thought I'd say how amazing Morecambe was on Saturday - best amateur production I can remember seeing by a mile!
What a wonderful play! It was most enjoyable and had so many quotes and scenes to remind us of a really funny man. It brought back such good memories of watching TV with my family all those years ago. Thank you very much.
I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed Morecambe. It was really funny as well as sad and emotional
Well done David Webb, a mammoth task executed beautifully with technical brilliance
What a triumph! Congratulations - it was a fantastic show in every way
An awesome performance from David Webb
Our friends were bowled over by the production and we all look forward to the next one
Brilliant lighting and music/sound all cued perfectly
We all roared with laughter at the gags even though they are old! The oldies are the best and I am still giggling over the long leg and bed cover with puppet hands. That was very funny indeed!
Marvellous set as usual
David Webb morphed completely into Eric and we really believed he had come back to life!
David Webb’s mannerisms and the way he emulated the voice, intonation and inflection, were all magnificent
What a corker of a production! Very pleased you did the one man thing! Not many companies would have been able to do that and do it well and with style. Hats off to y'all!