Review: Harry’s Bar takes journey down the Mississippi
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Harry’s Bar 7: Down The Mississippi By Suzanne Hawkes The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe until Saturday February 6
Bringing together some of America’s greatest talents, Harry’s Bar 7: Down The Mississippi is a treat for literature lovers and music lovers alike.
Now in its seventh inception, the Harry’s Bar is the popular format from the creative pen of playwright Suzanne Hawkes.
An evening of cabaret, now with its own loyal following, the action switches between of drama, poetry and music in the comfortable surroundings of the Orwell Hotel.
And this latest offering transports the audience to the bar of the Baton Rouge – a Mississippi paddle steamer – as it makes it way from St Louis to New Orleans.
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Along the way Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, even Charles Dickens, all make an appearance alongside some of literatures best-loved characters including Holly Golightly, Scarlett O’Hara, Captain Bixley, Huckleberry Finn and run away slave Jim.
In a relaxed plot overseen by barman Harry, Finn and Jim stow away while the drama tells some of the stories behind the well known names.
- 1 Caravan owners furious after park suddenly blocks sales of properties
- 2 Engineers repair water main which flooded A14 roundabout
- 3 Matchday Recap: Blues cruise to victory at Fratton Park
- 4 The Suffolk pub serving a gourmet Sunday lunch three days a week
- 5 Portsmouth 0-4 Ipswich Town: Blues deliver Cook's biggest win as boss
- 6 'Our most complete performance of the season' - Cook on 4-0 win at Portsmouth
- 7 Former Suffolk school leaders found guilty of professional misconduct
- 8 Ratings: How the Ipswich Town players performed in their 4-0 win at Pompey
- 9 Family pay tribute to former Suffolk headteacher who has passed away
- 10 Framlingham taxi driver lives double life as Chateau Diaries star
And as the river keeps on rolling, the music, drawn from the musical heritage of the Mississippi, is excellent with vocals provided by the talented Stephanie Stoddart and Paul Stone. Supported by the cast and under the direction of Bill Stoddart, songs include – Summertime, Crazy, American Pie, Walking in Memphis, Zip a dee doo dah…the list goes on.
Elvis is even in the building as the talented Felixstowe musician Josh Locke makes an appearance performing the King’s moving American Trilogy.
Peppered with humour – Harry’s rendition of Ma Crepe Suzette and the full cast interpretation of the Battle of New Orleans among the lighter moments – Harry’s Bar 7 is as eclectic as ever it veers from music to drama to poetry and back again.
Meanwhile, as the Baton Rouge makes its way into New Orleans the characters reflect on their lives and work.
As entertaining as it is educational, Harry’s Bar remains a highlight of the Felixstowe cultural calendar.