Old-style variety is alive and well in the village of Framfield, near Uckfield.
On Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, it was ‘Showtime’ in the packed Memorial Hall.
The Framfield Stagers, well known in the area for their annual village pantomime, had taken a break from panto scripts to produce a variety show that had something for everyone, with a mix of musical genres, fast-paced dance numbers and comedy skits that had audience members falling about with laughter.
Highlights included a spoof ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ segment, with astounding transformations and remarkable resemblances to John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross.
A comedy dance routine threw light on the true origins of the famous Riverdance and there was a talking dog and an amazing performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera which drew rapturous applause.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets and the raffle will go to two disability groups – Uckfield PHAB Club and the Circles Network, although the final total is still to be calculated, once production costs have been taken into account.
Those interested in learning more about the Framfield Stagers can do so via their website: www.framfieldstagers.homestead.com or you can keep in touch with them via their Facebook page entitled ‘Framfield Stagers’.