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Turn Back the Clock

A selection of songs & monologues by Joyce Grenfell

Adapted and performed by Cheryl Knight

Hidden Pearl Productions

The Lowry, 18 March 2012

In this show Cheryl Knight performs various monologues and sings a number of songs by Joyce Grenfell.  She also reads from a fair few of the great comedienne’s letters.

We got the well-known Lumpy Latimer routine as well as a couple of ‘Hey Shirl’ natters, amongst others, but best of all was a monologue called, I think, ‘In Transit’.  It was about a mother travelling to America to visit her son who’d married a black girl.  There weren’t many laughs in it yet it held your attention throughout.  You felt that Alan Bennett could have written it, for as a portrait of character it was that good.

Cheryl Knight does a terrific job of bringing Joyce Grenfell’s work to life with this wonderful show.   Fans will love it, but it’s not only a show for them.  People with only a slight knowledge of Joyce Grenfell, say from the St.Trinian’s films, will find there are many delightful discoveries to be made about her.

Turn Back the Clock is currently touring throughout the UK, tour dates can be seen here.