Last night 2500 Sydneysiders provided the most charming theatrical moment I have ever been privileged to share as they gasped as one at the revelation that Stephen Fry was unaware of the existence, let alone the gustatory delights, of the noble Australian Tim-Tam (in response to a question from the Twitterverse relayed by Jennifer Byrne).
It was not just a gasp of shock, but one of simple concern as fellow human beings that such a trencherman, with such a sweet tooth as he had told us about earlier in the evening, had somehow missed out during all his previous trips to our wide brown land. I do hope that some kind soul introduced him to a Tim Tam Slam (I like them with Black Russians) in the Green Room ASAP. If she’s half the woman I think she is, Jennifer Byrne would surely have done the honours.
I have a foreboding that his room was filling with deliveries of artful arrangements of same chocolate treat well before he got back after the show. I do hope, if so, that the best will be shared via Twitter sometime today.
As for the rest of the night, we were enthralled and transported by Mr Fry’s mastery of words, love of knowledge and occasional razor-sharp impressions of assorted luminaries (won’t spoil who for the audience tonight). Luckily for those who couldn’t be there, our ABC was filming the night, so no doubt you will get your chance to see it in due time.
BTW, as he reminisced on performing Shakespeare at Cambridge before he joined the Footlights, I suddenly had a vision of him as Malvolio. Of course he’s been cast in that role, and what a lovely bit of cross-gartering it is.
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