This local production of The Play That Goes Wrong will have you snort-laughing!

2017-04-16 06:00
The Play That Goes Wrong

Johannesburg - The South African debut of The Play That Goes Wrong was on the night after the midnight Cabinet shuffle, so it felt like the perfect antidote to a perfectly bizarre day. It was.

It’s classic farce and physical comedy, which requires one key ingredient above all others: Spot-on timing. Directed by funnyman Alan Committie, the eight-strong local cast of this international award-winner gets it so right, meaning they do a bang-up job of getting everything absolutely, spectacularly wrong. And I suspect that every night’s performance puts more grease into the machine, making it increasingly, seamlessly, hilarious.

Russel Savadier is the director of the amateur dramatic society’s production of Murder at Haversham Manner. He is also Inspector Carter, while Theo Landey is the murder victim who does his level best to stay in character (dead) despite a series of unfortunate events.

Nicole Franco and Sive Gubangxa are the two women of the piece and their on-stage rivalry for the audience’s attention is absolutely priceless.

Here's a look at the cast:

The Play That Goes Wrong

Louis Viljoen is Trevor, the sound guy and stage hand who loves Duran Duran and missing his cue, while Robert Fridjhon as Thomas Colleymoore does a spectacular job, along with Roberto Pombo as Perkins, of taking a phone call in the most ingenious way.

Created by the Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong won an Olivier Award in 2015, and it is now in theatres around the world. However, it is a franchise that relies on the local cast to be able to pull off classic physical comedy routines, slapstick and farce in the tradition of Monty Python or, if you’re a movie fan, Death at a Funeral. Our local cast does, and does it well.

If you are looking for a great night out and a really good belly laugh, probably with quite a lot of snort-laughing in the mix, then The Play That Goes Wrong is perfect for you. It’s a two-hour escape from the comedy of life.

The production runs at Montecasino Theatre, Joburg, until Sunday, 30 April and Theatre on the Bay, Cape Town from Wednesday, 3 May to Saturday, 17 June. Tickets can be bought here.

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