The 2014 Burstall Revue - the fourth in 10 years - took place on March 15th, and its title 'Burstall's Got Talent' is indicative of the principle that it should be done BY the village, IN the village and FOR the village.
t's always a pleasant surprise to be reminded just how much talent there is in such a small place, and from a wide age range. We were treated to, in no particular order:
- Singing and dancing from Olivia Betts & Madeleine Rogers;
- More music and singing from the 2 Steves (Turner & Hicks), Lianna Reeve and Paul Eagle;
- Readings and monologues from Bill (don't have nightmares) Moss and Steve (Unwin) Hicks;
- Dramatic prose from Jane Fiske and Clive Debenham, which included a small, very moving, WW1 commemoration;
- An amusing playlet, written by Keith Raby and performed by Burstall WI;
- A '2 Ronnies' sketch - Mastermind - performed by Kieran Farrell and Keith Raby (who also compered the whole evening);
- Singalongadot - singsong, led by Dot Chapman on her accordion, followed by our now-traditional collective rendition of 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life', concluding with the award of 'Burstall Blower of the Year', which went to Gill Bailey.
Whilst huge thanks are due to all the performers, the talent is by no means confined to those on stage. On such occasions, the village pulls together for the benefit of the community, but particular mention should be made of:
- The ladies of Burstall WI, who provided a magnificent spread of food;
- Steve Hicks - a Sound Man in every respect;
- Melvyn Hart, who spent so much time at the Hall sorting out the lighting he was considering sending out change of address cards!
Whilst it may seem there was a lot of work for just one night, I know the people involved really enjoyed doing it, and the end result, a net profit of £548, (all of which goes into Village Hall funds), makes it all worthwhile.
Once again, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to, and participated in, a very enjoyable night.