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Another curtain call for much-missed Eric

By Grania McFadden

Marketplace Theatre, Armagh, May 12, 8pm

What do you think of it so far? Anything but rubbish, will be the answer to this delightful show about funnyman Eric Morecambe.

It’s 25 years since Britain’s best-loved comic died. Bob Golding’s one-man-show — directed by Guy Masterson — is a fitting tribute to a man who brought sunshine into many a sitting room across the country.

Described by one critic as the ideal medicine for anyone feeling depressed, Morecambe tells the life story of the unassuming man who left school at 14 and who was one of the most successful performers in the country when he died at just 58. The show begins with news of his death backstage at a theatre in Tewkesbury — the announcement coming seconds before Eric peers round the curtain with a beatific smile, ready to address his public.

Writer Tim Whitnall’s script mixes facts with funnies, evoking the days of music halls and variety acts, and the years of graft Morecambe and his partner Ernie Wise endured before hitting the big time.

Morecambe is an unashamed trip down memory lane for fans of the little one with the short fat hairy legs, and the tall one with glasses. He’s still got it, you know...

For details, tel 028 3752 1821.

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