Hilary, one of the ladies in the office, knowing that Darrell had a thespian leaning, asked if he would like a ticket for her latest play ……. well, there was no way he was going to say no, especially as Hilary was playing the part of Alice in The Vicar of Dibley, which made her almost very famous in village circles!
And, as everyone else in the office was also going along to cheer Hilary on, it would have also been most rude to turn down their kind invitation to join them for pre theatre nom noms at a local hostelry.
The menu was very appealing, so Darrell decided to push the boat out and go for a starter, main and pudding, but as time was of the essence, he made sure that he held the table’s numbered spoon aloft at all times so that the staff did not inadvertently miss him out.
He said that his beer battered mushrooms were a triumph, as was his ricotta, spinach and tomato tart with Mediterranean vegetables and baby potatoes …… unfortunately, his pudding of gooseberry and raspberry oatie crumble was rapidly consumed before it’s arrival could be recorded for prosperity ….. but he
burped declared, it was certainly a 9.5 on the Richter Scale of pre Dibley noms!
“Oh Hilary gave the most wonderful performance” he chirruped afterwards, “It was hard to believe that the person that we all know and love as being so inherently sensible, conscientious and efficient in the office could transform herself unrecognisably into a very ditsy Alice!”
“……. And, she even recognised and spoke to me as she came through the audience during the wedding scene, I felt so proud!”