Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!
Swashbuckling success story
This article is from 2011.
As part of Fringe staple trio and Radio 4 stars The Penny Dreadfuls, Humphrey Ker offered audiences something of a theatrical comedy masterclass. Here, he flies solo in swashbuckling style. It’s 1943 and war’s most unlikely hero, Dymock Watson, has been sent on a top secret mission to blow up a dam in Romania.
Part-action adventure, part-character play, Ker takes you with him from the start, as a swarm of daft and dastardly characters are introduced. Each one is played by Ker to comedy perfection, whether it’s team leader Rex, some camp Nazi soldiers, foxy spy Joanie or Uncle Trevor, the dog. Everyone’s a bit dim and we’re fully in on the joke.
To his credit, Ker is a relentless performer; just when you think the pace is slowing, he throws in such a witty one-liner or dippy aside – lucidly annunciated with those posh-boy pipes – that you’re immediately back in the game, willing him on to take out the Nazis and get the girl. Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher! has a smart script and Ker has crafted a character that we may be laughing at, but we still care about. Pip pip and bravo to that, old chap.
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