Repressed Memory. "Back to My Roots and Other Suckers" by Barry Humphries. Her Majesty's Theatre [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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Back to the roots for Humphries, and much of his audience, means back to suburban memory- of brand names, street names and the sounds and mnemonic smells of Times Past. These times, when they constituted the Present for Barry Humphries as a young and impatient bohemian, signified a stultifying world of trivia and small-minded gentility. It was the world of his parents and part of the dreary trade-off for post-war prosperity. Here was the original version of Relaxed and Comfortable - Edna, Sandy and the Herald waiting on the front lawn.