Some of Victoria Wood’s best-loved comic creations are heading to the Rondo Theatre in September, in this hilarious musical comedy from Midsomer Norton-based Merriman Productions. The doddery housemaid Mrs Overall, made famous onscreen and onstage by Julie Walters, is joined by Miss Babs, Miss Berta, Mr Clifford and the residents of Manchesterford in this stage adaptation of Wood’s ACORN ANTIQUES.
First appearing onscreen in the 1980s, ACORN ANTIQUES was an affectionate spoof of the low-budget and hastily written soap operas of the time, specifically Crossroads with its wobbly sets, mis-timed entrances and bizarre plot-twists. Now, with Wood’s trademark comedy songs, the world’s most famous Manchesterford antiques emporium becomes the setting for a suitably random plot about missing wills, long-lost triplets, corporate takeovers, 18-30 holidays, amnesia and at least one song about macaroons.
Merriman Productions return to the Rondo after last year’s sell-out production of Sweeney Todd and 2012’s Lucky Stiff. The cast comprises former members of the award-winning youth company Merriman Theatre Group, joined by performers from some of Bath and Bristol’s leading amateur theatre companies, including Bath Light Operatic Group, Bristol Light Opera Company, Sodbury Players, Bristol Musical Comedy Club and Bath Unity Players.
ACORN ANTIQUES is at the Rondo Theatre from Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th September, evenings at 7.30pm.
Tickets, priced at £10, are available from the Rondo Theatre Box Office on 0333 666 3366, or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/