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DAVID HUGHES
TABLO'S TOP TWENTY

Play. First performed April 2006, The Town Hall, Maldon

Maldon & Burnham Standard, 3rd May, 2006

In another captivating evening, David Hughes held a packed Maldon Town Hall in thrall last Friday with an hour-long monologue, "Tablo's Top Twenty".

David's third one-man play was a delight with a difference. It comprised not just one acerbic character, in the person of 95 year-old Maldon fisherman, Tablo Yardley: this was an imaginative kaleidoscope of characters. They were brought to life in cinematic quality with the deft use of sound effects and recorded music in a fictional live radio broadcast.

Invited to listen to his own desert island discs, Tablo's memories are unlocked to reveal a poignant tale of music hall star, Harry Lauder; fascinating stories of Maldon watermen ferrying supplies to the pirate radio stations in the 1960's and gravel merchant Alan Brush uncovering the site of the Battle of Maldon and keeping it a secret.

The Blackwater FM radio jingles heralded some hilarious news items, wonderful adverts for High Street retailers and a finale involving Brazilian World Cup hero Ronaldinho being discovered by a local radio reporter swimming in the marine lake.

It is a tribute to the entertainment value of these monologues that, with little publicity, the town hall was filled close to capacity. If you missed it, contact the Tourist Information Centre (01621 856503) just in case there is a second performance. There just has to be!