Blend of words and music

Tom Baker and Friends 'Tales of Mystery and Terror' at The Stables Theatre.

Tom Baker and Friends 'Tales of Mystery and Terror' at The Stables Theatre.

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A CAPACITY crowd at the Stables Theatre, Hastings, was entertained by an imaginative, varied and deeply satisfying blend of words and music spanning the gently macabre to the wildly hilarious (Tom Baker and Friends ‘Tales of Mystery and Terror’, October 12. Review by Stephen Page).

The first half of the evening was a good old fashioned variety show. Ex- Blake’s 7 star Paul Darrow was interviewed and then gave a chilling performance of Edgar Alan Poe’s verse-story The Raven.

There were extracts from Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables and Chicago from local musical theatre group Renaissance.

The second half of the evening was given over to a question and answer session with Tom being interviewed by the show’s organisers, Steve Corke and Oliver McNeil.

Tom took command of the proceedings regaling us with often very personal, and at times, hilarious anecdotes from his varied life experience.