An hilarious romp as members of the Wicksteed family pursue their romantic and lustful ambitions.
In a satirical merry-go-round of mistaken identities and amorous encounters, we meet a series of characters for whom carnal pleasure appears to be the ruling passion of their lives.
One of master playwright Alan Bennett’s funniest plays
Performance details below. Do come . . . . don't miss this one!
David Vass says:(Diss Express)
Habeas Corpus - the Corn Hall on Tour in Garboldisham
Anyone attending Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus looking for his signature humanity was in for a shock, as the broadest of farces barged its way onto the stage. Instead, it was with misanthropic glee and brutal nihilism that Bennett explored the absurdity of the human condition.
Habeas Corpus is over forty years old, and with its dodgy sexual politics and queasy subplots, its showing its age. All credit, then, to Open Space for their rollicking version of what could have been an uncomfortable ride. Peter Sowerbutts and Yves Green reprise their dysfunctional relationship from Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf, commanding centre stage with convincing and funny performances as the couple bickering in the eye of a perfect emotional storm. Tim Hall, as the pleating and whining man-child Canon Throbbing, was also very strong, while Pat Parris held the play together as Greek chorus stand-in, Mrs Swabb.
The real star, however, has to be director David Green, who marshalled his troops expertly, choreographing the action at a cracking pace. Suffusing the play with an energy it sorely needed to get over the finishing line, he was rewarded with raucous belly laughs throughout by an appreciative audience.
by Alan Bennett
Toured May 2016
Fri. May 6 - Seagull, Lowestoft 01502 589726
Sat. May 7 - Botesdale Village Hall 01379 855101
Fri. May 13 – Fisher Theatre, Bungay 01986 897130
Sat. May 14 – Diss Corn Hall on tour at Garboldisham Village Hall 01379 652241
Thur. May 19 - Beccles Public Hall 01502 770060
Fri. May 20 - Wingfield Barns 01379 384505
Sat. May 21 - The Cut, Halesworth 0845 673 2123
All performances at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 and £8.50 (concessions)