Laughter - It Might Not Cure Covid, But It's The Best Medicine
Old Bakery Studios
Truro’s Old Bakery crackled with anticipation last night at the prospect of Kernow King’s first stand up show in two years. Venue owners are finding ways of presenting shows that entertain while adhering to constantly changing legislation to ensure the safety of all. Cath King and her amazing team have excelled at focussing on safety while creating a wonderful atmosphere to help us forget the cloud of doom we are living under. With one way systems, table service, staff masks, hand sanitisers and doors flung open to allow a current of fresh air through the building we knew we were in the safest hands possible. We are living in weird times with no idea of time scale for the demise of the pandemic, venues like the Old Bakery who are brave enough to test the waters must be praised and supported. Opening our evening of being out out was Cornish funny girl Anna Keirle; a truly gifted comedian Anna has been around the comedy circuit for many years. Anna’s self mocking routine instantly captured the audience as she shared her experiences of living in the country, personal hygiene and sex life along with advice on how not to babysit. Warm and very funny, Anna’s Cornish potty mouth was a superb choice of support for our Kernow King.
Since he hung up his KK mantle Ed Rowe has starred in the BAFTA award winning movie BAIT, written and starred in the hilarious A Cornish Carol plus acclaimed plays Hireth and Trevithick as well as bringing Cornish heroes to life in The Cornish Caretakers. Covid brought everything to a dramatic halt, but Ed has spent his lock down writing and planning for the days when theatres are free to throw open their doors to full houses. Being confined indoors doesn’t pay the bills and so Ed has breathed life back into our much loved Kernow King, gone are the multi coloured robes to be replaced by a multi coloured shirt, but Ed’s ability to entertain and make us laugh are as strong as ever. Despite proclaiming nerves at standing alone on the stage after his long hiatus, Ed had the audience on his side from the moment he stepped into the spotlight. The Cornish are happy to laugh at emits, Janners and wrongly served cream teas, but we also revel in laughing at ourselves. Ed led us on our comedy journey as we hissed at second home owners and caravans on the road, while we cheerfully mocked tractor drivers, Camborne and Trago. Not all comedians handle audience participation, but Ed actively encourages us to join in; last night proved he hasn’t lost his edge as he quickly responded to audience banter. Neither cutting nor cruel, always funny. Kernow King is back in style, long may he reign.
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Kernow King and Anna Keirle appear at St. Austell Arts Centre on Sunday 18th October, tickets on sale soon. Watch this space for further details.