REVIEW: An Evening with Robin Franklin - The Bank, Eye

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In the latest in a series of ‘Evenings With’, the talents of Robin Franklin and friends were on show.

Robin, his wife Sue, Peter Sowerbutts and Judy Dow provided a clever evening’s entertainment.

There was a touch of Pirandello in the way the situation and the actors’ personalities were used.

Back projection, IT and mobile phones added to the dexterity. Poems were delivered with humour and an oblique view of life. Scripts were read with glowing dialogue and a plethora of twists.

In one, a woman urges her lover to shoot the woman’s husband, who has been persuaded by the husband to kill her. Then you find they are rehearsing a radio play.

An exchange on the two women’s physiques showed the self-mocking tone of the show – Judy tall and slim, Sue small and cuddly.

A Listen With Mother spoof was enjoyed by many who remember the originals.

The cleverness of a dialogue with every couplet ending in an ‘I’ had echoes of Two Ronnies. Even the curtain speech was given in verse.

BASIL ABBOTT