Review: Funny Peculiar
Everything has its place and time: sometimes you want thought-provoking drama, evocative romance or weep-enducing tragedy. And sometimes you want a laugh.
Funny Peculiar is firmly aimed at the latter. An unashamed revival of Mike Stott's seventies sex comedy, this is the tale of a small town shopkeeper who dreams of free love.
With a cast of soap opera stars led by Coronation Street's Craig Gazey and ex-Hear'Say singer Suzanne Shaw, the crowd at Norwich's Theatre Royal were kept entertained with a flowing tide of uncomplicated gags.
Gazey gave a great line in physical comedy as the vexed grocer, in a loving but uneventful marriage with Shaw; tempted by Hollyoak's Gemma Bissix (and her variable accent) to explore his wild side - including showing it (literally and repeatedly) to the audience.
Steven Blakeley (Heartbeat) put in a nice turn as the backward but sometimes insightful village idiot, with Vicky Entwistle as his overbearing and ever-gossiping mother.
Fans of cutting edge comedy should look elsewhere: this is straightforward stuff, including a smartly-executed slapstick food fight between Gazey and his over-passionate confectionary supplier (Simon Naylor).
The jokes haven't been updated from the seventies and the sensibilities sometimes feel a little out of place, but that's exactly what is promised on the tin.
- 1 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
- 2 Doctors baffled by teenager's horrific long Covid symptoms
- 3 Norfolk man amongst UK's 12 most wanted
- 4 Norfolk village named among poshest places to live in the UK
- 5 Couple explores Norfolk homes in Escape to the Country
- 6 Pub near Dereham has its first winners of steak-eating challenge
- 7 Drunk student crashed into hotel wall after drinking tequilas
- 8 Tucked-away house in same family for over 100 years up for sale
- 9 MAPPED: Where thousands of homes could be built in north Norfolk
- 10 'Fantastic, loving, cheeky' 19-year-old killed in motorbike crash
Funny Peculiar continues at the Norwich Theatre Royal until Saturday, with performances nightly at 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.