La Soirée Française
On a dark October evening the French department achieved the impossible and transported a delighted audience to Paris in the springtime! With the Café Parisien atmosphere created by Owain Daley on his accordion, we were treated to an astounding assortment of well-rehearsed acts which included poems, jokes – courtesy of Jack Cartwright and Rupert Miles – musical numbers amongst which was an evocative rendition of Debussy’s Clair de Lune performed by Douglas Page and a lively French rap from the Dowlings.
It was interesting to see some other ‘acts’ that we do not normally encounter, for example those children’s playground rhymes designed to select or eliminate participants and all were performed with a slick continuity which meant that before we knew it, the interval was upon us, where further treats for the Francophiles amongst us awaited: saussison sec, du Brie et une verre de vin. Délicieux!
Back in the auditorium the entertainment continued with a Miles Kington inspired Franglais sketch, a wonderful mimed tribute to Marcel Marceau performed by Casper Edwards, and more poems and well-known French songs. Then came the tour de force finale. Move over Moulin Rouge – the Sandroyd girls are here, with an astoundingly lively, stirring and synchronised Can-Can that left the audience exhausted just watching it!
Well done to all those who assembled, rehearsed and performed what was a captivating evening, and one which we will most definitely wish to see repeated.