Sunday, 12 November 2017

Freddie at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry last Friday

"That's silly!" 

Such was the half-aggrieved, half-delighted protest from an elderly lady siting near me at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry during Freddie Davies's act on Friday. 

Unable to offer much in the way of a counterargument, I sat back to enjoy the howls and squeals of suprise around me as jokes and quips hit their targets, and I was reminded that Freddie's performance alternates apparent relaxation with sudden, unexpected twists of the knife - hence those high-pitched utterances. He was in full control, a master manipulator, and, as with his appearance at the City Varieties, Leeds, this felt like a theatre, and an audience, ideally suited to his brand of psittacine zaniness. 

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