A slightly austere and ‘Cold War’ looking lecture theatre in Bemowo Piskie, Poland was transformed by a local crew with clever lighting and a punchy sound system for Forces Live Event (CSE)'s first show in the country for personnel nearing the end of their deployment.
Major David Hoey summed up the night by saying:
“The base where we have been for six months is in an isolated area and there are limited options for entertainment, it was especially appreciated that we are being thought of by the folks back home. It was a superb show.”
The show kicked off with comic legend Barry Castagnola. He commented:
“I love doing gigs for the forces and travelling to new places. This was certainly a bit of a road trip! It’s always nice to bring a bit of cheer to the boys and girls and there’s always some hilarious stories and characters once you get chatting to them.”
English comedian of the year and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Nick Page also performed at the show.
He had the audience in stitches with his deadpan delivery and tall stories. CSE Event Manager, Angie Avlianos, said:
“This is a very remote location and the guys there really don’t have a lot of options when it comes to entertainment. It was an honour to be able to provide a little morale boost to the hard-working men and women of The Queen's Dragoon Guards.”