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Comedy: Play Wisty For Me: The Life Of Peter Cook - Classic Cook brought back to life.

PLAY WISTY FOR ME: THE LIFE OF PETER COOK

Originally unveiled at last year's Edinburgh Festival, Matthew Perret and Jeremy Limb provide a fitting tribute to one of our all-time comedy greats. Perret is inch-perfect as Cook, capturing the languid delivery of a man who unleashed stream of consciousness comedy at will. Every line of the play is new, although such is the duo's skill that you sense it is a genuine Cook classic.

When Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling comments, "Women are like liquorice allsorts. Some you chew, some you suck and some you say, `Get out of my life you harridan and take your pine furniture with you'," you believe it's Cook incarnate.

The play incorporates the volatile relationship between Cook and former partner Dudley Moore and even addresses the misguided belief that, on his death in 1995, Cook had failed to fulfil his potential. The one-legged Tarzan set-up is one of many classic sketches pastiched by Perret and Limb.

"It is an attempt to cut through the facile views people have of Cook - the young genius, the old drunk," Perret says. "Dudley has also been very underrated. He really gave structure to some of Peter's more elaborate flights of fancy. Dudley said he used to hang his head in exhaustion at the thought of what Peter was about to say next. That really gives a flavour of their relationship."

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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Wallace, Richard
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 25, 1999
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