Performers and performances

Who thrilled us and made us laugh? What shows, what years?

I’ll start it off, you add what you can

Chris Lynam (Chris the Piss)

    Dr Kacks/Cliffhanger Theatre

  • The Featherstone Flyer 1978
  • The Dark Secret of Bumsrush House 1979

Farley Arts

Forkbeard Fantasy

    Incubus (What years?)

  • Black Bart
  • Fret and Strut (featuring the Puissant Rumbelow)
  • The De La Zouch Chronicles


Magic Ox

Masque Theatre

NANA (Norwich and Norfolk Activities




One Response to Performers and performances

  1. hanged man says:

    My first fair was the last one at Barsham. Nick ‘Peg Leg’ Taylor had suggested we go and he was one of the first people we met beyond the gate. He and a bunch of other characters – possibly Incubus – were dressed in rags and they had simulated a very credible kind of medieval scenario. We were plunged into a Brueghelian concert of visceral being: the stench of humanity in the margins was palpable and shocking. Nick was in role, so there were no howdy-doodys; he accosted us for coins and bared his blackened teeth.
    It was this kind of incidental stuff that made the fairs so significant. People were throwing off the mantle of tax-paying citizens and realising themselves within some other order of being, clamouring to survive amidst the hurly burly of the fair and, in the process, creating a living theatre. Much has been written theoretically about ‘carnival’ or ‘misrule’ and its structural significance as foil to the pompous artifice of top-down politics and so on. The fairs were a manifestation of the theory, though I don’t imagine anyone thought about it as such. It’s phenomenally curious how people came together and discovered/recovered their own alterity without any precondition.
    At later Rougham Fairs, I remember very well The Pink Policeman assuming the role of benign arm of the law within the alternative logic of the fair. Also worthy of mention is the excellent Daniel Rovai. At the camel race fair? I recall him, dressed in a djellaba, closely following an unsuspecting stroller and imitating every move. When the person got a sense that something was going on behind his back and turned around, Daniel, with perfect timing, would head off in another direction, and the unwitting victim would have no idea what had been going on. Daniel’s powers of imitation and caricature were truly remarkable.
    Nigel Parke

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