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We Come in Peace

We Come in Peace
Keith Skipper and Friends, Marina Theatre, Lowestoft


Review published in Eastern Daily Press, 2 June 2014 and Lowestoft Journal, 6 June 2014

The squire of squit travels abroad

Norfolk folk legend Keith Skipper braved the perils of foreign travel leaving his natural habitat to bring local squit, mirth, stories, dusty jokes across the border into Suffolk.

Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre hosted ‘Skip’ and friends Sheilah Olley, Pat Nearney, Danny Patton and the ‘sit-down comic’, Colin Burleigh. Suffolk man Ian Prettyman showed the truly inter-county flavour of the mission.

Songs from our shared East Anglian sea and farming past and jokes about aging were interspersed with poems and ditties, letters, wisecracks and accounts of mardles from village pumps to high streets, current affairs and old adventures.

Timeless Singing Postman songs enriched a warmhearted, generous afternoon rich with mutual respect and that unique, dry, local deadpan humour best appreciated by those who can remember phone boxes, pounds, shillings and pence and a slower pace of life.

Parochial, old-fashioned, hilarious, poignant yet with serious undertones about life as it has become in equal measure, this show in aid of the EDP We Care Appeal took up where the former Press Gang sadly left off.

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