REVIEW: Cornucopia, Harleston and Waveney Festival

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Writer/actor/directors Alan Huckle and Robin Franklin were the main inspiration for this evening of drama, quirky poems and monologues.

Lady in the Pink Coat, by Robin Franklin, was a park bench revelatory conversation piece. He played a schoolboy, all shirt-tails and loose tie, who talks to an enigmatic widow (Helen Bigden).

In Too Much Sugar, by Alan Huckle, Tim Hall and Rob Johnson, as son and father, turned a care home visit into a warmly observed piece of theatre.

Robin and Sue Franklin played patient and nurse in Huckle’s Fatal Reaction. Several of the audience made a note to skip this year’s flu jab.

Cherryl Jeffries delivered a startling monologue as a homicidal wife, answered by Robin Franklin from the husband’s point of view, showing the situation to be six-of-one.

The climax was Alan Huckle’s play Danny Bakker, with its air of 50s/60s low-life crime. The detective (Alan Bolton); blonde moll (Julie Bolton); sinister policewoman (Cherryl Jeffries); and mousy victim (Pat Parris), provided a crackling finish.

BASIL ABBOTT