Teddington Theatre Group - "To Entertain You"
Saturday, 23rd July 2005.
Twenty six club members and guests attended the
evening concert entitled "To Entertain You" - consisting of
songs and ditties provided for our delectation by Out and
About from the Teddington Theatre Club.
Our thanks go to Rodger, for organising the
event for the princely sum of three guineas per head,
including nourishment. We would also like to thank
Stuart, who put in a lot of work getting the clubhouse ready
for the evening and Nigel, who was an excellent "mine host"
from behind the bar.
Last, but by no means least, our thanks to the
two Linda's, for providing us with such a splendid hot and
cold buffet to follow the performance - certainly noone went
Out and About provided us with a very varied
and interesting programme which apparently they usually
perform for the entertainment of Residents of local Homes
(what can I say!).
There were sketches and songs made famous by
Elsie & Doris Walters and Rob Wilton through to Gracie
Fields and Stanley Holloway (I still can't get "per tuppence,
per person, per trip" out of my mind and it's driving me
mad!) There were songs from the shows - Cabaret, Oliver
etc. and we all joined in the singing with gusto using the
song sheets provided.
Having had grandparents who "trod the boards" I
knew a lot of the older songs (nothing to do with my age you
understand) and so was tempted to join in even when not
invited to do so! There were ditties, including "Father
William" from Lewis Carroll and there were even some jokes
(which caused both laughter and a few groans!). In
fact, something for everyone, and the evening - which did
indeed entertain us as promised (from the oldest member
present to a young teenage guest) seemed to end far too
I can't close without making a special comment
about the accompanist - who was absolutely
priceless! Although somewhat taken aback
when he first started tickling the ivories, I am happy to
report that what he lacked in accuracy he made up for in
enthusiasm! (Les Dawson in concert immediately sprang
to mind, as did Eric Morcambe when he remarked to Andre
Previn that he was "playing all of the right notes but not
necessarily in the right order"). So far as I was
concerned, he was the icing on the cake - intentional or
We must have been a good audience as the
entertainers ended the evening by thanking us for our
appreciation, the good food and drink provided and also for
the cheque that they took away with them for their
Thanks for that Anne. It's really good to read
something I didn't write. I just wish more people would
contribute something more often … Mike