A black farce by Joe Orton
Directed by Harry Durnall

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Start by mixing together a tyrannical manager, a sycophantic Padre, a chief yellow coat of clownish incompetence, and dysfunctional punters. Add dodgy British innuendo, wonderfully comic fights, then fold in biting humour - Very tasty. It's a 1960's holiday camp overseen by Margaret Erpingham herself. The evening's entertainment goes horribly wrong, as righteous frenzy overtakes the would-be revellers and the chaos caused by chief yellow coat Riley results in anarchy, dramatic over-reaction, and extremism. People will take a stand whatever the consequences. Our very tasty offering turns into food for thought – Wonderful theatre.

Orton's plays are a flamboyant dance with the death he found in life. He liked being 'the fly on the wall' who registered the idiom. His sexual adventures taught him to suspect every show of normality.

Like all great satirists, Joe Orton was a realist. He was dubbed the Oscar Wilde of the Welfare State by the Observer, as both did something very special to the English language.

'The Erpingham Camp' was first presented as a radio play by Rediffusion on 27 June 1966. Louche Theatre's production will be of the first staged version, first produced by The Royal Court Theatre on 6 June 1967.

Louche Theatre's 'The Erpingham Camp' opens on Friday 22 April, at 7.30pm then a Matinee on Saturday 23rd April at 2.30pm and an evening performance on Saturday 23rd April at 7.30pm. Again a matinee on Sunday 24th April at 2.30pm an evening performance on Sunday 24th April at 7.30pm. Five in total. All Aberystwyth performances at The Morlan Centre, Queens Road, Aberystwyth. SY23 2HH. Tickets cost just £9.00 full or £7.50 concession. The play is NOT suitable for under 12's.

During May there will be a small tour of venues in Wales, and on 15 August the show opens at Greenside@Nicholson Square, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Cast

 

Crew

 
       
Margaret Erpingham Milly Jackdaw Artistic Director Harry Durnall
Riley Hillary Nunn Production Manager Shelley Fullwood
Ted Brian Swaddling Wardrobe Mistress Caroline Clarke
Kenny Darren O'Connell Marketing Officer Lizzie Ellen Hyde
Eileen Sean Byrne Scenic Artist Jim Vale
W.E. Harrison Heather Giles Assistant to Artistic Director Paula Gallagher
Jessie Mason Paula Gallagher    
Padre Matthew Fullwood    
Vera Sue Harries    
Betty Nest Howells