The 625 Company have chosen plays by three leading playwrights for ‘Coward, Bennett & Townsend: An Evening of Short Comedies’ which takes place at The Tovey Hall Theatre in Bath in September.
The group will perform a lively, varied programme of short comedy plays by Noel Coward, Sue Townsend and Alan Bennett on Wednesday 9th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 2015 at The Tovey Hall Theatre, Central United Reformed Church, in Grove Street, Bath.
Noel Coward’s 1930s set ‘Fumed Oak’ opens the evening with a dark little tale of amiable Henry Gow who finds a new courage when his complaining wife, daughter and mother-in-law eventually get too much for him! Originally part of Coward’s ‘Tonight at 8.30’ series – a cycle of ten one-act plays – it was appropriately described by the man himself as “an unpleasant comedy”!
Sue Townsend’s ‘Womberang’ has irreverent, brassy Rita Onions spreading joyous anarchy amongst the waiting room of a gynaecology clinic, to the amusement of the patients. Townsend’s first play, it premiered in 1979 at London’s Soho Poly Theatre Club and went on to win her the 1981 Thames Television Playwright Award.
Alan Bennett’s ‘Green Forms’ follows the chit-chat of office workers Doris and Doreen. But their daily routine is about to be interrupted…are they about to be fired? One half of Bennett’s ‘Office Suite’ plays, the character of Doreen was originally written for Patricia Routledge, who played the part opposite Prunella Scales’s Doris when the plays aired on TV in 1978.
“While the plays are very different in content and style, they all rely on rhythm and a good turn of language to really work well,” says Producer Vanessa Bishop (who also appears in ‘Womberang’ and ‘Green Forms’). “There’s lots of banter and observational humour, so our emphasis is very much on performance and delivery.”
This is The 625 Company’s second production, following on from last year’s ‘Lookout!’ (a witty homage to 1970s and 80s TV), and the cast also includes a number of performers from Bath’s Argyle Players drama group, who recently received three Rose Bowl nominations. The group is also performing the show at the Alma Theatre in Bristol at the end of September. “We have a good mix of performers,” says Bishop, “and I’m confident they can do justice to the material. We’re looking forward to the challenge!”
‘Coward, Bennett & Townsend: An Evening of Short Comedies’
Wednesday 9th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 2015
Starts 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Tovey Hall Theatre
Central United Reformed Church
Bath, BA2 6PJ (just off Pulteney Bridge)
Tickets £10 from www.bathboxoffice.org.uk or T: 01225 463362
Photo Credit: Brian Hudd