ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS
Our next production is the hilarious One man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean.
Based on Goldoni's Commedia Dell'Arte play The Servant of Two Masters, the play is set in Brighton in the 1960s and follows the hapless Francis Henshall who has managed to get himself employed by two men - Roscoe Crabbe, a local gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class criminal. Except that Roscoe is actually Rachel, Roscoe's twin sister, in disguise, her brother having been killed by her lover - none other than Stanley Stubbers. As Francis struggles to prevent his employers finding out he is also working for their bitter enemies events get more and more chaotic. Can Francis get on top of things or is he doomed to failure?
Rehearsals have been going well, even if some aspects of the play are proving to be a challenge, such as eating quantities of paper, fighting without actualky hurting each other and, of course, singing (not really our strongest suit!). Most people agreed that the first rehearsal was the funniest read-through they had ever attended and whilst we're not finding it quite as funny now that we've been working on it for a few weeks, hopefully the audience will be rolling in the aisles!
Tickets are starting to sell, so to make sure you don't miss out visit the online box office and order yours now. You can also buy in person from the Visitor Information Centre at Witham Town Hall or by phone on 0345 017 8717.
THE FINAL TEST
Our last production The Final Test by Chris Paling was very well received judging by comments from audience members as they left. In the central role of Peter, Sean Staines was as reliable as ever while his long-suffering wife, Ruth, was ably played by Amanda Bedwell. As the young couple whose lives are thrown into disarray by the squatter in their new garden, Graeme Parrett and Stephanie Wilson presented a vision of what Peter and Ruth would have been like many years ago - and seeing what they could easily become.
We are currently considering plays for our 2017 season. We will be posting more details here in the autumn.