Karen Koren: Farquaad brightens the gloom

Dean Chisnall (Shrek) Bront� Barb� (Princess Fiona), Idriss Kargbo (Donkey) and Gerard Carey (Lord Farquaad). Pic: Ian Georgeson
Dean Chisnall (Shrek) Bront� Barb� (Princess Fiona), Idriss Kargbo (Donkey) and Gerard Carey (Lord Farquaad). Pic: Ian Georgeson
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The nights are fair drawing in, as they say. The clocks went back at the weekend and it was dark by five thirty in the evening.

We are getting ready for a long hard winter. Weather reports say that it is going to be a cold winter, so let’s strap in and get on with it. Mind you, they said similar last year and it was mild.

I had a great weekend walking the coastal walk in the East Neuk of Fife with my old school friends.

It was windy and invigorating as we walked to St Monans, where I discovered some very old friends of mine at the East Pier Smoke House.

James and his partner Kilp, who is a very talented artist, own and run the restaurant. James is the chef and the East Pier is an informal café-style restaurant specialising in fish.

On the menu is lobster and chips, crab cake, hot smoked salmon and the best home- made cakes you could ever want to eat.

On arrival you go into the kitchen, order your food, then go upstairs and help yourself to cutlery and glasses. It is posh fast food and was packed with walkers and families. I highly recommend it. The food was delicious.

A few days earlier, I went to see Shrek the Musical at the Playhouse, in great anticipation after enjoying the movie and wondering how they were going to recreate it.

It was disappointing. The theatre was full with families and it appeared to have followed the story faithfully, but it is hard to recreate a cartoon. Shrek himself had too small a head and his Scottish accent was unconvincing. Princess Fiona was good, but her ogre self was very similar to her pretty self.

The show was presented more like a pantomime with very forgettable songs. The best character was undoubtedly Lord Farquaad; he was very comical and milked it, to the delight of the audience.

The fairytale characters worked very hard to entertain, but I prefer our panto at the Kings.