Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Sunshine to the Serious Business of Fun; Morecambe at Gala Theatre, Durham

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Sunshine to the Serious Business of Fun; Morecambe at Gala Theatre, Durham

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Byline: Ed Waugh

COMEDY is a serious business and this wonderful one-man tribute to Eric Morecambe is certainly that.

While Morecambe and Wise aficionados chuckled at the mannerisms of Bob Golding's outstanding performance, this had few original comic moments but that's not what it is intended to be. It was a biography of Eric Bartholomew, a working-class lad born in Morecambe, Lancashire, in 1941 whose obvious talent was spurred on by his mother, Sadie.

At a young age he met a young Ernie Wiseman from Leeds and the pair, thanks to Sadie's encouragement, became as close as brothers. Wise is portrayed lovingly as a ventriloquist's dummy, perhaps a metaphor for Wise being the straight man to Morecambe's clown, but essential to the act, and the business brain behind the pair; all income was shared 50/50.

Having met and later shared a platonic bed in London during the war, it was a beautiful relationship that soon blossomed into Morecambe and Wise and their own series in 1954 on that newfangled television thing. …

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