'Morecambe' by Tim Whitnall
Directed by: Richard Parish
Musical Director: David Perkins
Design: David Hemsley-Brown
Lighting: Conor Brown
Sound: Alex Lyon and David Perkins
Cast: David Webb played Eric Morecambe
Another performance of 'Morecambe' was given at Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green, West Sussex on Sunday 18th February 2018
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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
In the very week Storm Brian was lashing the country Lighted Fools Theatre Company was able to sing from the rooftops ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ - with its quite outstanding performance of Tim Whitnall's bitter sweet play Morecambe. John Eric Bartholomew and Ernest Wiseman were, of course, the nation's favourite double comedy act Morecambe and Wise and this one-man show , a tribute to the genius of Morecambe, harks back to those wonderfully simple days when the whole family could join together around the television set for an evening of pure joy, unadulterated by Facebook, Snapchat or any of the other evils of modern social media - but what fun Eric and Ernie might have had out of today's fickle world. Is it really thirty three years since Eric ‘danced off into immortality’ to quote director Richard Parish? Could any one man really bring back to life the genius of Morecambe? Whitnall 's ‘play what I wrote’, Parish's direction and the entire Lighted Fools company's contribution to set design, music, choreography, lighting, sound, wardrobe and props were the foundations for a remarkable performance by that one man - David Webb. David, no stranger to the company with twenty one previous plays under his belt, gave, quite simply, a five star performance - and not just as Morecambe but thirty two other characters as well. He looked the part, he danced the part, he sang the part and after a quite extra-ordinary two hours he quite rightly received a standing ovation from Guildford's Mill Studio theatre audiences - the first time I have even seen such a reception for a non-professional performance. Morecambe traces the comedian's career from childhood until his third and finally fatal heart attack on stage in Tewksbury and along the long and winding way, with its triumphs and disasters, we meet up with everyone from Bruce Forsyth to Ed Sullivan , from Lew Grade to...well , of course, ‘little Ern’. And that was another string to David Webb's bow as ventriloquist to Ernie's dummy - so much so you could almost believe it was Ernie……..almost! Well done to John Tytherleigh for a very look-alike Ernie - for repairing the poor little chap when he fell over during rehearsals and for allowing him out at a local stylists for a pre-show hair-cut! What fun it was to recall the classics - Andre ‘Preview’ and ‘I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order’, the wonderful business to the tune of ‘The Stripper’ and a hundred other glorious memories. So what did we did we think of it all so far? Definitely not ‘Rubbish’!
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!