Sunday, 4 October 2009

An evening with...

A night of music and theatre

Old Buckenham Players produced a satisfying evening’s entertainment in September by performing two short one-act plays with a portion of music in between. It was all relatively light-hearted and seemed enjoyed by all – the actors, the technicians, front of house staff and, of course, the audience.
When Alan Ayckbourn writes about a council official visiting an illusionist’s house to find out why the council tax has not been paid, the play is sure to be full of black humour and have an ‘unexpected’ ending. ‘A Cut in the Rates’ was twenty-five enjoyable minutes of typical Ayckbourn twists and turns
The audience was then treated to two short sessions from “The Old Tossers” with the raffle sandwiched inbetween. The music, which ranged from the Scaffold to Neil Innes and on to Chas and Dave, was interspersed with what was called “hilarious piffle” by the three performers.
There was a longer play to finish off the evening. ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ by Dario Fo showed what can happen when a wife insists on ringing her husband when he is at work. As his work involved stealing from other peoples houses, the phone calls caused chaos when the house owner arrived home with his lover, other people arrive and everyone tries to lie their way out of the misunderstandings.
The Players will now be looking forward to doing something much more serious, their infamous pantomime is set to take place on Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday23 January 2010.

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