Last Saturday evening the Titchmarsh Players once again performed at the Medieval Banquet. The subject this year was the legend of Skulking Dudley who you may recall sent his daughter to fight a duel on his behalf to settle a land dispute. When the daughter's identity was discovered her duelling partner - our hero - decided to marry her. Dudley's ghost was said to roam throgh Skulking Dudley coppice, between Titchmarsh and Clopton, until it was exorcised in 1905.
The performances, as always, were inspired. The playwright, Ian Curtis, took on the role of narrator in a scholarly (or should we say headmasterly) manner. Vernon Brown, in the title role, was suitable dastardly and menacing, eliciting many boos and hisses from the audience. John Wills as his daughter, was a winsome and charming heroine (if somewhat bawdy!). The hero, Sir Robert de Haselbere, was played with elan, chivalry and magnificent codpiece by Ian Teague. Nicholas Partridge made the most of his role of messenger with excellent comic timing and "blue peter" mule. Last but not least Antar Howarth played the role of Brother Antar and amazed all with his pole balancing skills.
This year's performance was followed by a retelling of the tale in song. This was performed to the tune of Greensleeves by the New Titchmash Folderols - Viv Wills, Clare Wills, Anita Dunn and Cathy Guy. We hope this will lead to further performances from this talented group.
Altogether a fabulous evening!