Karen Koren: Tony Hawks makes trip to Cornwall worthwhile

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BIG changes to my routine. I now have to write my column three days earlier than I used to. It tends to put me into a bit of a panic!

I had a great weekend in Cornwall at the Fowey Festival, which used to be called the Du Maurier Festival, as in Daphne. I think it was unwise of the Festival to change the name, but I am sure they know what they are doing.

It took at least ten hours on two trains to get there and when I arrived it was the most dreadful weather - driving rain for the whole weekend.

Such a shame for the Festival. However, there was some great stuff on, which included my production Murder, Marple and Me! I did feel for our technician Andy, who had to drive from Edinburgh at six in the morning to get down to Fowey in time to set up and get the production organised.

I caught up with an old mate, Tony Hawks, who reminded me that he had compered Late ’n’ Live “back in the day.”

He also appeared at the Gilded Balloon as a stand-up a long, long time ago. He has since had a No 1 hit single with Morris Minor and the Majors, written a good number of books, two of which have been made into movies. His film Playing the Moldovans at Tennis was screened and there was a Q and A afterwards.

Then the next morning, at 10am, Tony performed his own show about the making of the film, and of the making of his first feature film, Round Ireland with a Fridge.”

The show was performed in a marquee, which was noisy, due to the rain and wind, and the Powerpoint presentation jumped up and down, making the audience feel seasick.

It was very early for a show, but very informative and funny; so much so that I have convinced Tony to perform it at the Gilded Balloon next year. Shame it is too late for this year, even though I have to keep my eyes peeled for good new productions.

Still, maybe he’ll have written more books and made more films to add to this great little show by the time it hits Edinburgh.