A laugh at history

PUBLISHED: 10:16 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:51 16 June 2010

Former Honiton resident Rosemary Hawthorne, aka The Knicker Lady, makes a welcome return to Devon on Friday, February 26, when she brings her fabulous one-woman show to The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton. Following a performance in Torquay last year, a

Former Honiton resident Rosemary Hawthorne, aka The Knicker Lady, makes a welcome return to Devon on Friday, February 26, when she brings her fabulous one-woman show to The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton.

Following a performance in Torquay last year, a member of the audience wrote: "I don't think I have ever enjoyed an evening more... I really didn't want it to finish..."

In Scotland, Angus Wolfe Murray wrote, in The Peebleshire, of Rosemary having "... the style and timing of pure comic genius...", whilst in Jersey, Sarah Butel of The Jersey Evening Post said she "... gave a superb comic performance to a packed house... the audience barely had time to catch their breath between laughs."

Rosemary is an actress, writer and well respected fashion historian. She is frequently featured on television, radio and in the national, international and regional press.

Her show is, briefly, an extraordinary history of the humble knicker. Described as "a true English eccentric" and "the Joyce Grenfell of knickers", Rosemary's appeal is across the board - to men as well as women, to the young and the not so young.

With a cast of two hundred knickers, Rosemary, in the course of this two-act tour de force, introduces her audience to some of the ladies who may have worn them.

It is history with a smile - and a very broad smile at that.

Tickets £12 (unreserved) are available from Budleigh Salterton Tourist Information Office telephone (01395) 45275.

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