REVIEW: Swann and Blofeld entertain at Winter Gardens

PUBLISHED: 22:11 29 October 2019

Graeme Swann and Henry Blofeld were on great form.

Graeme Swann and Henry Blofeld were on great form.

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As summers go for England cricket fans, there can hardly have been a better one.

From the nail-biting World Cup final win at Lord's to the heroics of Ben Stokes in the Ashes, there have been a number of pinch-me moments to keep fans entertained in recent months.

Sadly, in the week the clocks went back, it is clear the summer has come and gone but hundreds of cricket-loving fans turned out to the Winter Gardens to enjoy former spinner Graeme Swann and ex-Test Match Special commentator Henry Blofeld tell tales from their careers in Dancing Down The Wicket: Pavilions, Pirouettes & Pigeons.

Swann has been a fans' favourite ever since clinching the historic Ashes win Down Under in 2010-11 and his cheeky persona made him popular with the Barmy Army.

Speaking to the crowd in Weston-super-Mare tonight (Tuesday), Swann told stories about what it was like to be a part of the England setup at that time.

Describing that Ashes tour as the best moments of his life, he provided plenty of jokes at the expense of the Aussies - especially David Warner - and talked about how his career developed under different captains.

Blofeld's cricketing journey has been somewhat longer than Swann's and his stories are all the more colourful for it.

From his adventures with pigeons, accidentally swearing on The One Show to mishaps with blondes, Blofeld's life has been as vibrant as his red jacket, yellow shirt and green trousers he chose to wear tonight.

The first-half of the show is dominated by cricket, while the second reflects on some of the other adventures the pair have got up to during their lives, including Swann's appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

The mix pleased 99 per cent of the crowd, with just one punter, presumably after a shandy too many, thinking it appropriate to heckle from the back that he wanted more cricket chat, but in truth the variety of stories seemed pretty much spot on.

All in all, this was a great night for cricket fans to see two legendary and colourful characters up close.

Their stories produced many laughs, and importantly were not seemingly recycled and brought out just to make a tour worthwhile.

Dancing Down The Wicket will be staged in Bath next week at the Komedia, on Monday.

For ticket details and dates for other shows, log on to www.dancingdownthewicket.com

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