Monday, 31 May 2010

David Essex in All the Fun of the Fair


I went to see All the Fun of the Fair yesterday, at The Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London. If you're a David Essex fan it’s an absolute MUST.

When David first appeared on stage, I wanted to ‘woop woop’ as you do ... but nobody else did, so I thought I’d better behave myself and settled down to enjoy the show.

I think to fully appreciate All the Fun of the Fair you have to like David’s music and you mustn’t expect too much in the way of effects. It is a lovely story with fantastic singers and actors; Christopher Timothy plays Harvey, and the up and coming actors Michael Pickering, Nicola Brazil, Susan Hallam-Wright, Cameron Jack and Tim Newman were a pleasure to watch. The show made me laugh and cry and I would go again tomorrow and watch it all over.

David Essex remains an extremely talented, lovely man who is growing older gracefully. He’s who he is today because of yesterday, but doesn’t claim to be the heartthrob he once was – except he still is – if you know what I mean! I’ve loved his music since ROCK ON reached number 3 in the UK charts in 1973 - (when I was three months old ;-)) And I have bought all his new stuff too – being a die-hard fan and all.

Oh and now the exciting bit! I met him after the show. Oh yes indeed. I had my photograph taken with him too! And as he walked away, he turned and eyed my hubby's shirt.

‘I’ve got one of those,' he said. 'Tesco Finest.’ It was! Well not Finest, Cherokee - but close enough.

As David zipped up the Charing Cross Road, I realised that’s what's so great about him – his ability to be just like everyone else.

22 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

How incredibly exciting. Lucky you!

Hannah Stoneham said...

Lovely post thank you for sharing. I miss London!

Hannah

Karen said...

That's so lovely. I used to like David Essex too, when I was a baby ;o)

I've never met any of my idols, so I envy you - he sounds really nice!

Bernadette said...

I saw David Essex performing at the Circus Tavern in Essex about 20years ago. He was gorgeous then and is still gorgeous now. Lucky you to get to meet him!

Debs said...

I used to love David Essex and recently rewatched Stardust and That'll Be The Day. So good.

JJ Beattie said...

How brilliant to hear what a good time you had. And that you had the opportunity to meet him. He sounds lovely and down to earth.

I wasn't ever a big fan of his but I do think he's cute. And yes, I still think he's cute. Getting older doesn't preclude being handsome... Harrison Ford anyone?

Amanda said...

It was, Helen - and we were lucky to see him!

Yes, London's great, Hannah - never a shortage of things to do and see. :-)

I think David Essex is hard not to like, even if he's not your idol, isn't her Karen? Even hubby likes him since he mentioned his shirt. :-)

Lucky you, Bernadette - I'd have loved to have seen him when he was younger. :-)

Ooh, I may just do that too, Debs. It's ages since I've seen them. -I've been scanning You Tube for his interviews and songs performances.

Ooh, yes please JJ - or Alan Rickman! :-)

TOM FOOLERY said...

:) TFx

LilyS said...

Glad you had a good time. He sounds v. nice!

Previously (Very) Lost in France said...

Oooh, I've loved him since I saw him in Godspell and got to meet him in the interval. His ex-wife used to live just up the road from me. He still seems like a pretty genuine guy. Glad you enjoyed your evening.

Amanda said...

Hey, TF :)X

He was Lily :-)

Ooh lucky you,PV Lost in France! Yes the evening was fab!

Suzanne Jones said...

How wonderful. I love David Essex.

XX

Amanda said...

Me too, Suz XX

gaelikaa said...

I remember 'Rock On' in 1973 when I was ten. I've always loved David Essex, especially in his 'Che Guevara' (Evita) days. Oh, lucky you, Mandy!

Flowerpot said...

Sounds great - are those eyes as gorgeous as ever?!

Amanda said...

He was lovely, M. I so enjoyed it and now want to go again. :-)

They are indeed, FP!

Carol said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and isn't it nice when you meet someone and they are down-to-earth! I worked in television for a while and met lots of different actors and actresses and I have to say that overall I was not particularly impressed!!

C x

Lane said...

Woah, you were lucky.

Always so nice to hear that someone is just as lovely in real life.

judith said...

I've liked him since way back and yes he is still gorgeous and really down to earth!!Saw the show last year in Dartford and wanted to go again!

Leigh Russell said...

Yes - many iconic figures are just ordinary people when you meet them.

Shirley Wells said...

Ooh, I am so, so jealous. Stamps feet here. ;)

What a pity I wasn't with you. We could have 'wooped' together. I wouldn't have been able to resist.

Glad to hear he's as nice as I always thought he was. Hm, perhaps I'll dream about him later...

Amanda said...

It really is, Carol – very unusual x

I know, Lane! I always think about your video borrowing incident, with one not –so great-celeb! HA!

I want to go again too, Judith!

Sometimes we build them up too much, I think, Leigh!

Ha, Shirley – bout time I made you jealous! ;-) – Ooh, would you have really wooped with me!!? Awh, wish you had of been there!