THIS was the living embodiment of the surreal film, Running, Jumping and Standing Still.

What the audience witnessed a homage to The Goons (Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe) with this new production of their highly acclaimed radio show.

The words which flew off the script in an anarchic manner were given an added meaning as we saw three actors play the roles before our eyes.

While Julian Howard McDowell (Peter Sellers), Colin Elmer (Spike Milligan) and Clive Greenwood (Harry Secombe) did not look like The Goons but they sounded like them.

For the audience, the actors had to be able to mimic the characters like Bluebottle, Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister, Major Dennis Bloodnok, Hercules Grytpype, Count Jim Moriarty and Ned Seagoon.

This show was a representation of what it might have been like to have watched the real thing, but as we cannot, this was as close as we could get.

By coming along to this show, the audience had the opportunity to look back and re-imagine what it was like to have been watching the show recorded live.

Many of the audience at The Brewhouse would have grown up listening to The Goons each week as when they were broadcast from 1951-1960.

Others like myself were not alive when the show first aired but years later, bought the records of the show and listened to them, maybe catching an episode on the radio if it was re-broadcast at Christmas.

The Goon Show served up three shows. Two in the first half and one in the second.

It was a joy to listen and I mean listen to the words, catching jokes or quips you might otherwise have missed.

This was the first time I had seen a 'radio show' and I hope it is not the last.

If you want to catch this show and I recommend you do, then it is at The Octagon in Yeovil on Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3.

Tickets £19. Buy online at or call 01935 422884.