April 7 - Wingfield Barns 01379 384505
April 8 - The Cut, Halesworth 0845 673 2123
April 13 - Beccles Public Hall 01502 770060
April 15 – The Hub, Huntingfield 01986 799130
April 20 - Diss Corn Hall 01379 652241
April 21 - Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft 01502 589726
April 22 - Fisher Theatre, Bungay 01986 897130
All performances at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 and £8.50 (concessions)
Ida - Frances Lamb
Miss Skillon - Sally Goodsell
Penelope Toop - Emma martin
Lionel Toop - Geoff Cadman
Lance Corporal Clive Winton - Ben Willmott
Bishop of Lax - Peter Sowerbutts
Rev Humphrey - Bob Good
The Intruder - Jake Kubala
Army Sergeant - Paul Baker
Reivewby David Porter
To stage a classic, traditional, fast-paced, highly energetic romping farce well is a challenge for any theatre company.
Open Space proved themselves more than up to it when they brought ‘See How They Run’ to Lowestoft’s Seagull Theatre on their latest regional tour.
The company has created a richly varied back catalogue of productions from Chekhov and Ibsen to Alan Bennett and now this old Philip King favourite from wartime Britain, gently mocking and reminding us of changed times and long-gone social mores.
Director David Green has a knack for capturing the absurdities of mistaken identities, ludicrous vicars, alcohol, doors and entrances and frantic, mad-cap running about to perfection.
He leads a talented cast including the always delightfully pompous Peter Sowerbutts as the Bishop, the increasingly masterful Emma Martin as the vicar’s unsuitable wife and introducing a talented Frances Lamb as the not-so-dumb maid.
See How They Run
A farce by Philip King
Touring April 7 - 22
A former colleague calls on a vicar's wife and ignites a delicious farce of mistaken identity. Set in a post-war English village, King's play originally ran for 18 months at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End, notching up 589 performances with a cast which included the young Joan Hickson. A fast-paced drama of blissful hilarity.
Doors and Vicars
With its line from the nursery rhyme, Three Blind Mice, it is a classic farce playing on midtaken identity, doors and vicars
King wrote the first act in 1942 and it was staged in rep in 1944 prior to a British tour as an entertainment for the troops. Transerred in 1944 to the Comedy Theatre it opened to rave reviews. The West End opening night was not without its perils: Three doodle bugs exploded narby. non-one budged until after the play was over, but Gee complained at the cast party that all three went off just as he was speaking his funniest lines.