Review - Charlie Haylock at Southwold Arts Festival

PUBLISHED: 21:46 03 July 2016

Charlie Haylock Southwold arts festival 2016

Charlie Haylock Southwold arts festival 2016


The sound of laughter could be heard as attendees to a popular arts festival enjoyed an eccentric social history of Suffolk.

Performing at St Edmund’s Hall as part of the Southwold Arts Festival, Charlie Haylock’s An Eccentric Look at Suffolk offered those present a “social history with a difference”.

The hilarious author and raconteur told tales of his Suffolk upbringing, the “banter between Norfolk and Suffolk” and of the characters he has met along the way.

Charlie, 70, enthused: “It was very good audience, who were really enthusiastic about joining in. Performing is all about audience involvement, so they feel part of the show and get their money’s worth.

“The Southwold Arts Festival, the audience, the organisers, all the people are just friendly, friendly, friendly and I have really enjoyed performing.”

Possessing incredible knowledge of the English language and Suffolk dialect, Charlie took the audience on an anecdotal semantic journey, entertaining and educating all in the process.

From the origins of the word “buh” to four-seater toilets, the show covered many topics to say the least - even featuring an alternative version of the Lord’s Prayer including references to villages and towns from around the county.

Since the turn of the millennium Charlie has become a well-known figure in East Anglia following appearances on BBC Radio and regular pieces in the East Anglian Daily Times; with Suffolk sales of his debut book, Sloightly On Th’Huh, outselling Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

The performance culminated with a sing-a-long rendition of the Suffolk folk song – The Poacher’s Revenge – which was greeted by rapturous applause and cheers, providing a fitting conclusion to an entertaining morning.

After the performance Mr Haylock remained in the hall foyer to meet audience members, signing copies of his many books and answering questions from attendees inspired by his show.

Review by Simon Ward

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