Creators: Ian Ashpitel &Jonty Stephens
Featured Material: Eddie Braben, Dick Hills, Sid Green
Director: Owen Lewis
Reviewer: John Roberts
There was 15 years between the unexpected death of Eric Morecambe and the passing of Ernie Wise, for over 50 years the pair were the best of friends and the closest of companions. They were the champions of prime time TV and their crazy antics and sense of humour brought them fans from across all generations.
Eric and Little Ern brings together the pair for a heavenly reunion of gags and comedy hi-jinx, as well as the expected peek behind the duo’s personas. Ian Ashpitel (Ern) and Jonty Stephens (Eric) have developed a strong and touching piece of theatre which balances the mayhem and mirth beautifully. The pair embody the famous couple with an uncanny resemblance which is in part why this show is as successful as it is. We are not just watching Morecambe and Wise but we are here with them.
Director Owen Lewis manages to craft the piece with a level of truth and honesty so often missing in shows of this genre, and judging by the mixed age range of the audience from the young girl whose infectious giggle radiated throughout, to the elder patrons who give each other nudges of recognition, the production hits all the right notes.
They say the don’t make comedy like they used to and that is certainly true, however Eric and Little Ern certainly brings some much needed sunshine to this years cold and wet Fringe and brings us as close to the real deal as we are ever likely to get.
Runs until24th August