If you’re up for a laugh then you’re in for a treat as one man comedy show Dante Ferrara will be performing at the Old Bell Inn at Gringley-on-the-Hill with ‘Filth and Finery’.
“Coming up with the title was quite easy” says Ferrara. “In the Restoration Period, people wore fine clothes, lace, silks and fancy shoes, but underfoot was a different matter.”
“No sewage system, poor drainage and public latrines made for an unhygienic daily life. Beneath all this lay a subculture of promiscuity and drunkenness, so the filth element was doubled.”
Dressed in fine silks, Dante introduces us to the Restoration Rat Pack, led mainly by Henry Purcell - commonly regarded as England’s finest composer.
Ferrara continues: “What’s little known is that Purcell is also responsible for some of the bawdiest songs in the English language.”
“So rap and punk artists take note: it’s all been done before and it’s what your ancestors were singing. The only difference is that it’s hilarious.
Finery and Filth will be a fun evening (not suitable for the under-12s) aimed at anyone who enjoys, music, comedy, history or all three.
Join Dante on Wednesday 15th May at 8.30pm.
Entry is £5 at the door and proceeds will go to Comic Relief.