Tomfoolery

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

> Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Tomfoolery manages to skate on thin ice without ever falling through. Mind you, there are some extremely close shaves.

It is a show full of irreverence, and is raunchy at times, thanks to Dillie Keane, especially in her singing of the song Smut. There is wickedness on a grand scale, especially with the somewhat satirical look at the Catholic Church in the Vatican Rag.

The songs are from Tom Lehrer, covering the years 1953 to 1965. Kit and the Widow are well versed in their cynical approach to topical political issues with no hiding place for George W, Tony Blair and others.

Widow showed what he was made of with his animated express delivery of the Elements, which was set to Gilbert and Sullivan's Model of a Modern Major General. Adding youth to the team and also an air of innocence (but don't be fooled) was Matthew Wolfenden, and his rendition of The Old Dope Pedlar was most poignant.

The second half was not as light and the material had quite an edge to it. It was a thought-provoking evening and at times very amusing but always with a sting in the tail.

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