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King's Lynn audience move to cooler venue for comedy cabaret

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The venue for the comedy cabaret Kit and McConnel was changed from St George's Guildhall to the Alive Corn Exchange last night meaning audience members had a cooler experience.

Air conditioning at the 700-seat theatre perhaps meant that the setting was less intimate for the musical duo Kit and McConnel but respite from the searing heat was welcomed.

The double act have established themselves as one of the UK's favoured cabaret duos.

Kit and McConnel. (53670567)
Kit and McConnel. (53670567)

They toured with the late comedian Joan Rivers who described them as "the best act...in their price range".

The Lynn audience enjoyed the show, simply the two of them and a grand piano as they performed a repertoire of wit, musical silliness, improvisation and general absurdity.

The audience were encouraged to "huddle together for warmth" with McConnel being introduced as a cross between Prince Andrew and Hugh Grant.

Local references were appreciated by the attendees such as Holkham being described as a safari with a 'lingering whiff of drains' not quite the West Norfolk Riviera.

Liz Truss' name was mentioned to whoops of delight, and a version of Noel Coward's song I've Been to a Marvellous Party with reference to Boris Johnson and the Partygate saga at Number 10, and as pointed out, they are called the Conservative Party after all.

Confusion over the current use pronouns was expressed by song, such as Old Woman River and trans-species people being able to identify as hedgehogs.

The idea of the song is that there is a lot of relearning to do, using the pronoun they, with songs such as Guys and Dolls being changed to people and people.

A song about being in love with Mary Berry suggested soggy bottoms and a twinkle in her eye and Swaffham got the raw end of the comedy cabaret stick, proposing that 'inbreeding is a career choice.'

Visual props such as a cactus hat in a wild west styled song The Man from Amazon, which demonstrated delivery drivers haplessly attempting to deliver parcels was a clever use of juxta-position.

Appealing to their demographic present, the duo mentioned Pebble Mill at One with a song alluding to Alan Titchmarsh about everything being lovely in the garden.

McConnel attempted to sing the classic elements song of Tom Lehrer, based on Gilbert and Sullivan's tune of the modern major general, with Kit messing around vying for the audience's attention.

An improvised 19th century composition for audience member Jacqui, with the letters of her name being transposed into notes and melody was a highlight by McConnel.

A couple of more poignant songs portrayed grief and loss of a parent resulting from the pandemic that the audience could identify with about all the hitngs we never said.

One of their strongest songs of the evening was a play on Abba's Fernando, with the lyrics being changed to parody visiting Nando's.

Jane Pettit, from Lynn, said: "It's brilliant, such a joy and uplifting and we are lucky to be part of the festival and so lucky to have it here in Lynn."

A finale sing-a-long took place with everyone singing Climb Every Mountain with the visual words in Afrikaans reading 'Klaar vree marn tin.'

The duo left the stage with this ponderance: "If all the world is a stage, where does the audience sit?" A cool evening was had by all.

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