Last Thursday, I spent the evening in the presence of none other than Baldrick! Oh okay, I attended An Evening with Tony Robinson organised by the wonderful Booka Bookshop in Oswestry to promote the paperback release of his autobiography, No Cunning Plan.
Perhaps best known for his role as Baldrick in the Blackadder TV series and presenting Time Team, Tony Robinson is a man of many talents. He’s an actor, writer and TV presenter, with a career lasting over fifty years. Yet, whilst he’s no spring chicken, Tony seemingly has endless energy!
Bouncing out of his seat and across (and on more than one occasion, jumping off) the stage, wildly gesticulating, he tells of times gone by, both personal and professional. There were stories of skipping school and going down the library (not something most kids who skip school do!), getting to play the Artful Dodger in the original stage production of Oliver! (and forgetting some of the words to “Consider Yourself”), working with John Wayne, the beginning and end of Blackadder and so much more.
If you ever get the chance to see the man himself, go! This wasn’t my first time in the presence of Tony (and hopefully it won’t be the last). He’s hilarious, honest and fascinating.
At the end of the evening, I got to have my photo taken with Tony, and my book dedicated (I hope he didn’t miss his dinner reservation whilst meeting us lot!).
Thanks again to Booka Bookshop for hosting yet another wonderful event.