21st Mar, 2019

An evening of witty and cheeky songs

Worcester Editorial 19th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

AN EVENING of cheekily naughty songs, wit and on-stage camaraderie is guaranteed at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall next month when comedy stars Rory McGrath and Philip Pope visit the city.

After their hit dad-rock album Dark Side of the Moob, Rory and Philip return to touring with their show of sophisticated comedy and song. Expect wit, elegance and clever musical pastiche – but don’t worry, there’s also silliness and filth.

Last year Rory McGrath and long-time collaborator Philip Pope returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time in 23 years with this brand new show, Bridge Over Troubled Lager.

Having last appeared together at the Fringe back in 1990, the ‘dad-rock’ duo were lured back by the buzz of the festival, and off the back of the success of their hit album Dark Side of the Moob, decided to put together a brand new show based around a collection of witty ‘ditties’ and tales, together writing 20 new songs especially for the show.

McGrath – star of BBC Two’s Three Men in a Boat – and Pope – the man who brought us Spitting Image’s British No. 1 hit single Chicken Song – first worked together in 1983, on the Channel 4 comedy Chelmsford 123.

It was the first series from Hat Trick Productions, which McGrath co-founded, and which went on to make the likes of Drop The Dead Monkey, The Kumars at No 42, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

While comedian and writer Rory is best known for such shows as Who Dares Wins and Three Men in a Boat, and as a regular panelist on They Think It’s All Over, Philip is an acclaimed composer as well as actor, writer and musician.

He has appeared in numerous radio and television comedies, and toured as a member of the cast of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Live! radio show, for which he was also musical director. He also wrote and co-wrote many comic songs for Not The Nine o’Clock News and Spitting Image.

With songs about tweeting, Eurovision, the ‘C word’ and Cornish shipping disasters, this show is taken as an opportunity by the two to set the world to rights and address all those niggles that have built up to overflow point by the time middle age has hit.

The result is an engaging hour which feels almost like an evening spent in Rory’s garage having a jam after a couple of beers. This is the show where music and comedy meet, have a few drinks, fight, then stagger home singing hits from the ‘60s.

Bridge Over Troubled Lager takes place on Thursday, September 18 at 8pm. Tickets, costing £16, can be bought from the Box Office on 01905 611427.

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