Jolly japes and lots of chaotic comedy with all-woman cast

Baroque Theatre Company presents a "Comedy Triple Bill" :A Jolly Sinister Jape.  Talistha Willsea and Sally Blouet
Baroque Theatre Company presents a "Comedy Triple Bill" :A Jolly Sinister Jape. Talistha Willsea and Sally Blouet
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An all-woman cast from Baroque Theatre Company are creating fast and furious laughs with a trio of short comedy plays.

Last Tango in Little Grimley was written by David Tristram. Membership of the local amateur dramatic society has dwindled to four and the audiences aren’t much bigger.

If they don’t come up with some rent money soon, they’re going to be thrown out. Time for dramatic action.

“There’s only one thing that sells tickets these days” argues the chairwoman. “Sex!”

But how will the locals react to a sizzling sex comedy?

The second play, A Jolly Sinister Jape by writer Elliot Strange, is a pastiche 1920s thriller. This is Famous Five fun for adults as Stubby, Ophelia, Biffy and Fatty find themselves trapped in a mysterious house during a thunderstorm.

Is this someone’s idea of a jape? Or is something far more sinister going on?

The evening ends with David Tristram’s Last Panto in Little Grimley.

The same society members as before tackle the Christmas pantomime, Dick Whittington, with predictably riotous results.

Company founder Claire Bibby has produced the show and is appearing in all three plays.

She said: “The humour within the three shows is very much of classic TV sitcom humour, so anyone who loves Fawlty Towers, Vicar of Dibley and the like will love this.

“It’s a trio of hilarious plays so it’s excellent for a fun-filled afternoon or evening out at the theatre.

“With all the depressing stories in the news of late, what better than a comedy tonic! “

She added: “The scripts are extremely well written and the challenge as with any production is to do the text justice, which our director Adam does brilliantly.

“Comedy is one of his favourite genres (mine too!) and from past experience of working with him, every comical nuance will be brought off the page with a sprinkle of surprising twists.

“The Grimley plays in particular have been performed a lot by amateur dramatic societies so with the BTC treatment I am confident that the shows will be portrayed in a refreshing new way.”

With zany, colourful characters, Claire reckoned the show is “like Full Monty with a healthy helping of French and Saunders!”

She recommended it to an audience of 12 and over.

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