Date: Friday 20th May 2016
Baroque Theatre Company
'Kindly Leave the Stage'
by John Chapman
Directed by Adam Morley, Produced by Claire Bibby
The show is a celebration of fun, mayhem and thespian mischief and is of a similar format to ‘Noises Off’, a play within a play.
The ensemble go head to head as they play the characters in the play and the actors who are in the play…. sound confusing, well it’s not! – It’s a fast-paced farce which is easy to watch and a lot of fun!
You’ll see jealousy, revelations and the precious actor’s egos revealed. Some crisp writing and hilarious ‘double entrendres’ from John Chapman.
The marriage of Rupert and Sarah is on the rocks and their friends Charles and Madge, both of whom are lawyers, agree to handle the divorce.
After the curtain has been up a few minutes, Rupert forgets his lines, has a brain storm and threatens to kill Charles in full view of the audience because he's been having an affair off stage, with Rupert's real wife, Madge. Quite true as it happens.
The rest of the cast try to ignore the incident and forge ahead with the original play but Rupert picks up a knife and advances on Charles, who is forced to take cover in a large cabin trunk which is on the set at the time.
A real life marital comedy now evolves. The situation is further complicated when the actor playing the old father, Edward, makes his entrance. He is an ageing Shakespearean star, once famous for his King Lear but now an alcoholic on the skids. He happens to have asked his new agent to the performance that night.
Edward is blissfully unaware that the play has switched from art to life. Out of loyalty to a fellow actor, the rest of the cast do their best to accommodate the poor chap, but he gradually begins to crack up, especially as some of his cues are coming from a cabin trunk. The play is a light hearted tilt at the complete theatricality of stage folk.
"This imaginative and worthwhile play has been brilliantly revived and the delicious deconstruction of traditional farce, directed by Adam Morley, pleased all the audience. If it’s anywhere near you, don’t miss it”. (Eastern Daily Press)
NB See below about the Acorn Fund
Tickets in advance :
Standard : £9.00 (face value £8.00)
Concessions : £7.00 (face value £6.00)
The new Acorn Fund.
The Acorn has striven for many years to provide a venue for affordable theatre and events for the local communities in and around Penzance.
Our events are staffed and run by volunteers and we are currently putting on the maximum number of shows that we can with the resources that we have.
Alas, in these times of austerity, all this is not enough.
Therefore, reluctantly, the trustees have decided to introduce a small increase to our ticket prices, in order to form an Acorn Fund to help us maintain this lovely old building and help ensure that it remains a lively cultural hub to serve our community in the future.
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