A black farce by Joe Orton
Directed by Harry Durnall

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"The cast pulled out all the stops on this play, and it shows in the energy it radiated and the response it garnered." - Alex Gilbey, Theatre In Wales. See the full review here.

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 is of the first staged version, produced by The Royal Court Theatre on 6 June 1967.

There will be one more chance to see 'The Erpingham Camp' in Wales, when we present a Fringe Preview Performance on Saturday 6th August at 7.30pm at the The Morlan Centre, Queens Road, Aberystwyth. SY23 2HH. This is the last chance to see this fantastic show in Wales, so don't miss out! Tickets can be reserved by calling the Louche Theatre Box Office on 01970 612617. All tickets cost just £7.50

On 15th August the show opens at Greenside@Nicholson Square, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. To book tickets for Edinburgh call the Fringe Box Office on 0131 226 0000

Cast

 

Crew

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