Ray Cooney is a legend of British comic theatre, from the mid 60’s to the mid 90’s there was always a Ray Cooney farce playing somewhere in London’s West End. Mr Cooney is 87 years old and still going strong proving the old adage laughter is the best medicine.
A powerhouse, irreverent marathon of tragic comedy, Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem embodies England as it is and England as it once might have been – that is, at least, according to an idealised mythological version of its past.
Following sold out seasons on the West End and Broadway, University of Adelaide Theatre Guild present the South Australian premiere of Jez Butterworth’s Tony and Olivier award winning Jerusalem from August 3-17 at the Little Theatre.
28 characters, 9 actors and Dave Simms directing – you know it’s going to be an action packed, fast moving adventure.
This play is usually performed closer to the day it commemorates in April, but Therry Dramatic Society have decided to make it part of the celebrations of their 75th year. Written in 1958 it is a play of its time, set in the 50’s but showcasing many of the problems that still beset our society today.
The publicity describes this production as a dark comedy about the dark ages! That about sums it up nicely, with the emphasis on comedy. Michael Hollinger has written a play about moral dilemmas - we all face them - the concept of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
Following his successful 2017 season of Sense and Sensibility in garden locations, clever director Dave Simms (Blue Sky Theatre) this year re-imagines Sheridan’s 18th century comedy of manners in the exuberant primary colours and tabloid-fed rumour-mills of 1950’s London.
With Palace of Varieties the Adelaide Rep provides the audience with a wonderful evening at an old time music hall.