Ewan Wardrop’s one man show about the life of George Formby hits all the right notes. He plays Formby as a man initially baffled by his success, indebted to his controlling wife Beryl for spotting his talent and pushing him to greater and greater heights. The show is genuinely funny as Wardrup plays classic Formby hits with lyrics considered risque in the Thirties and Forties:
“He’s got a naughty eye that flickers
You ought to see it wobble when he’s ironing ladies .. blouses”
Wardrop plays all the roles and switches effortlessly between George and a tap dancing Beryl in several hilarious scenes. But he also touches on the more difficult moments in Formby’s life – his failure as a jockey and an increasingly fractious relationship with his wife. Although he struggled late in his career, ‘Formby’ is both uplifting and entertaining.
Reviewed by By Andreas and Neil Johnson