Review: Anorak of Fire & Deckchairs, The Spring, Havant

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It was a tale of two halves at The Spring as Humdrum once again showed their knack for finding quirky little gems and bringing them to people’s attention.

First we had Anorak of Fire, a 45-minute monologue from a dyed-in-the-wool trainspotter.

Gus Gasgoigne is a spotter of some renown among his peers.

He is proud of his memory and skill, but painfully unfamiliar with what is going on outside of the railway tracks of the north.

He’s a strangely endearing creation and Ben Counter shines in the role.

His embarrassed snorting laugh, his blindness to what is happening around him and his passion for what he does should be familiar to us whatever our own little obsessions are.

Act two is Deckchairs, a series of sketches both comic and tragic.

Each features a pair of women simply sitting in deckchairs talking.

The more serious sketches fall a little flat after the giggles of Anorak, but Lin Warner and Janet Hillman’s shopping fanatics are a delight and Jane Hartley & Diane Ellis’ dog walkers have the audience in hysterics.

There’s a twist too that none of the audience was expecting – one that most certainly should not have been missed.