The first statement was a fabrication of the truth because the nationwide tour of new musical Dreamboats and Miniskirts had launched in Dartford the previous week.
As for the latter, well, it took a bit of time for the fans at the Winding Wheel to warm up last night (Monday), not helped by a 15-minute delay while technical arrangements were being finalised.
It’s a groovy kind of show which moves the original smash-hit Dreamboats and Miniskirts on to the Sixties, complete with pin-up pop stars and fabulous fashions of the era.
If you haven’t seen the first show, don’t worry as the storyline is simple enough to follow.
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Elizabeth Carter and Alex Beaumont head the cast as teenagers in love Laura and Bobby whose hopes of pop stardom as a duo are scuppered by a flop appearance on television. She goes on to find overnight stardom, his bid for fame as singer in a band is a longer haul.
The storyline is secondary to the 40-plus fabulous Sixties hits which make the show.
There’s a brilliant take-off of The Beatles doing Twist and Shout - with a wobbly headed Paul McCartney lookalike, a couple of well-performed Roy Orbison songs complete with dazzling light show and a great example of unaccompanied harmony in You Really Got A Hold On Me, the latter performed by the 15-strong ensemble.
The cast of young singers and musicians do a magnificent job in recreating the sights and sounds of the Swinging Sixties.
For a fab night out, check out Dreamboats and Miniskirts at the Winding Wheel until Saturday, January 17.