Williams’ life laid bare at the Wauchope Hall

David Benson in My Life With Kenneth Williams at Yetholm this month
David Benson in My Life With Kenneth Williams at Yetholm this month

AN award-winning semi-biographical show on the life of troubled comedian Kenneth Williams comes to Yetholm this month.

Think No Evil Of Us has been performed by David Benson for 16 years, first enjoyed by Edinburgh Fringe audiences in 1996, subsequently picking up a Fringe First Award.

In 14 years of touring, Benson has attempted to portray the complex comic, made famous by the Carry On series of films, with obvious humour but also drama, which affected much of his life.

“I want to portray Williams as a character rather than as an historical figure,” said Benson.

“What fascinates me above all is Williams’ ability continually to redeem himself by turning his private torment into blistering comedy.”

Among his many stage and TV credits, David has also starred on stage as fellow Carry On star Frankie Howerd, as well as literary icon Samuel Johnson.

And the documentary piece Lockerbie: Unfinished Business also picked up a Fringe First accolade in 2010.

Think No Evil Of Us – My Life With Kenneth Williams is on Sunday, April 29 at the Wauchope Hall.

Tickets are priced £10, including refreshments, and are available from Yetholm Village Shop, Barbara Paul (01573 420582) or, from Sunday, Susan Stewart (01573 420231).