Relive the days of film and music hall star George Formby

A one man play about one of this country’s greatest entertainers George Formby comes to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall on Saturday, November 18.

Written by and starring Ewan Wardrop, the play premiered to critical acclaim at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe and has since won rave reviews around the country.

Formby tells the story of comedian and ukulele player George Formby who captivated Britain during the 1930s and 1940s.

The biggest film star in the country for as well as a music hall star, Formby is a jaunty, affectionate and often very funny resume that takes in his early days as a jockey and marriage to the terribly controlling clog-dancer Beryl Ingham, whom Ewan  evokes to lip-pursing perfection, for good measure.

As well as playing Formby and wife Beryl Ewan also plays the role of all the other key characters involved in this fascinating slice of years gone by.

“Formby is a funny, touching and thoughtful play of an essentially ordinary man with an extra-ordinary talent and this sensational production features many of Formby’s classic hits that are brilliantly performed by Ewan on his ukulele,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“It is not only a celebration of a great performer, but a funny, touching, and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent.

“Ewan has enjoyed a long career on the stage, working as a dancer, an actor, musician and comedian,” she continued.  “His passion has always been writing, recording and playing music and he is also known in the Folk music and dance world for his Morris Dance Group The Bo Diddlers, who experiment with the dance form and are made up of current and ex dancers from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.”

The performance, which had to be re-arranged from its original date of October 7, begins at 7.30pm.  Advance tickets cost £13 and can be purchased via www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery, or by calling 01652 660380.  Tickets on the door cost £15.

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