Good evening everyone... Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once!!! I felt it was impossible to resist that! I remember watching "Allo Allo" in the eighties... I was a fan. Television was much more of an event in those days... only four channels, no iPlayer, no Internet and not that many people had a video. Certainly in my house "Allo Allo" was one of those events. And going back to my obvious quote the sheer joy of the world of Café René was that you knew what was coming, and that was the comic genius of Perry and Croft. I remember just relishing the moment when Crabtree would enter... yes, yes, wait for it... "GOOD MOANING"... YES!
Expectancy is comedy was nothing new. I go back to my essential comic heroes: Laurel and Hardy. Put Ollie on a roof and you just know he is going off it in spectacular style! Perry and Croft were also masters of the "hook." A creepy house in "Dad's Army" and we can't wait for John Laurie to belt out "WE'RE DOOMED." This production is a slight departure for Castaway - that is, doing something that is so well known. I am a fan, so absolutely no attempt to stray from authenticity has been made. However, at the same time it would be extremely foolish (and impossible) to try to "impersonate" the original actors. I hope that in our own way we have strived to create all things Café René.
Sadly, a few of those special performers from the original are no longer with us and we dedicate this show to their comic genius - Richard Marner, Carmen Silvera, Jack Haig, Rose Hill and of course the fabulous David Croft. Thank you.
- David Blumfield, Feb 2012