And of course, this atmosphere was no doubt the intention, achieved cleverly by the performers(plus a subtle bassist and percussionist) notable for their singing but accompanying themselves on a variety of traditional and odd instruments (bowed banjo and meat-cleaver anyone?) which served to emphasise the uncanniness of the proceedings. You were taken in and gripped for a while by a hokum conjuring of the past.
But to cavil, It was the Broadside with the raunch and merriment taken out for the sake of an agenda. Then when the lights went up at the conclusion and the audience were encouraged to join in Pleasant and Delightful (yes, really!) we crashed back into another world.