Wosson? It's the Kernow King doing a proper job, me bewties
What better place for Cornwall's comedic hero to start his new tour than slap bang on the borderline? From the Guildhall at Saltash you can see the two bridges spanning the Tamar across to Devon. Around the corner in Fore Street, a black and white St Piran's flag flies above virtually every shopfront as a first line of attack in a town that last year fiercely fought against being swallowed up by an expanded Plymouth parliamentary constituency.
On such a frontline only one member of the sell-out audience was brave enough to admit they had come over from Plymouth for the evening. But while traditional rivalry was thoroughly encouraged, it was all in good humour with the Kernow King – aka Edward Rowe – referencing The Lord of the Rings, with the P word being "Mordor" to our "shire". He was quick to point out that competition between neighbouring towns further west can be fiercer still.
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Mostly, the tall, bearded, affable and down-to-earth tongue-in-cheek stand-up champion of the county and the pasty, concerned himself with a weighty question that has bothered Kernow folk from time immemorial: how Cornish is Cornish? Is it enough to feel we belong, or do we need to produce a five-generation family tree?
How well we know our county and its language, and what does it all mean anyw ay are the preoccupations of this splendid, freshly baked show. Its title – Splann – actually means "splendid" in Kernewek... and it was. Without giving away too much and spoiling it for everyone – there are a lot more dates on the tour – it's an uplifting mash-up of jokes, quizzes, film and sound effects, silliness and audience participation. Our Ed sometimes sails close to the wind with his tales and there's a touch of blue in the air, but it hits all the sweet spots for a communal laugh-fest. Proper job!