TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor Norwich Playhouse
TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor
What a fantastic past few months it's been for comedy at the St George's Street venue. Brilliant sets by the likes of Rich Hall and Ross Noble, and then last week's announcement that Eddie Izzard would be playing two gigs there.
The Saturday night visit of Linda Smith reinforced the Playhouse's position as one East Anglia's best comedy venues.
Linda will need little introduction to Radio 4 listeners. A staple of the station's panel games, she is a particular favourite on its long-running News Quiz where her laconic asides are a much-enjoyed element.
On stage, she comes over as a cross between Hattie Hayridge and Victoria Wood, but with rather too much of the former's slightly hesitant delivery.
A bright start saw Linda get stuck into the posh incomers of North Norfolk ("I saw a wino lying in the street in Cley with a notice saying 'anything but chardonnay'") and her account of her encounters with Anglia ("what a TV station would be like if your gran ran it"), but slipping away for swipes at Blair and Bush were perhaps not quite so effective.
- 1 Screams of daughter run over by her dad heard by murder jury
- 2 Vehicles worth £50k stolen from Royal Norfolk Show
- 3 New fishing tackle shop has 'amazing opening day'
- 4 Couple who transformed old mill into unique new home put it up for sale
- 5 New headteacher appointed at village high school
- 6 Plans for 13 new homes near historic former railway line
- 7 Former professional dressage rider died in four-vehicle motorcycle crash
- 8 Primary school left without governors after mass walkout
- 9 Man killed 96-year-old bystander in road rage crash
- 10 Some of the best pictures from day two of the Royal Norfolk Show
It was when Linda let her flights of fancy carry her along that she was at her funniest. Comparison between those cosy middle-class sitcoms of the Seventies and her own drab working-class life in Kent were spot-on, as were many of her one-liners.
She finished on a high with some sharp jokes aimed at Radio 4 listeners in the audience (the majority).
An entertaining night, but perhaps not a classic one.