Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 121

ENTERTAINMENT Freddie: a star reborn It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect when Freddie Starr takes to the stage on the Island next month – simply because even he doesn’t know what will be happening! But if his performance at Shanklin Theatre is anything like the half-hour interview he gave me, then it is likely to be funny, outrageous, completely over the top and definitely for an adult audience only. Freddie started off by telling me he thought he was coming to the Island to serve time at Parkhurst, for an offence I could not possibly mention. He then went on to say he had close connections with the Island because his great great grandfather was a Viking who used to row here, and in fact was the first ferry operator. He then went on to explain how he enjoyed audience participation, but best not to say what he threatened if they did not co-operate. And so it went on, until finally, more than halfway into the chat, Freddie’s mood changed somewhat. The controversial funny man, who has had more ups and downs in his career than the Blackpool Big Dipper, was for once serious as he explained how he felt he had let audiences down over the years, through no fault of his own, but thankfully that has all changed since a life-saving operation. Freddie suffered a heart attack, and was in intensive care for three months. He underwent a quadruple heart by-pass by one of the world’s leading surgeons in that field, but admits he still caused chaos and mayhem during a difficult recovery, brought on by kidney and lung problems. He said: “I was very ill, and I had been ill long before that, but didn’t realise what it was. During the previous 10 years I had apparently had three more heart at