All the fun of the farce with popular am-dram group
Paulton Amateur Dramatic Society (PADS) will be on stage this weekend with their latest production Habeas Corpus, a Whitehall style farce by Alan Bennett.
Like most plays of this genre, the men are caught with their trousers down (literally) and the ladies are all eager to come from behind the net curtains and seek all opportunities to revive their libido and end their years of frustration.
PADS provides a strong cast from its experienced troop blending in with some new talent, who romp through the show (and each other) with confusion, double entendres and bare faced lies.
When asked about his experience on this production, the director Bernard Welch said, "Although Habeas Corpus is thought of as a farce, I have enjoyed getting to grips with the complexities of the script and working with the cast to deliver both the outright and subtle asides that are a trademark of Alan Bennett's humour.
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"I am very pleased with the whole play, how all of the actors have embraced the spirit of how it should be performed and am confident that the audiences will have a fun night."
This is essentially a cheeky play of sexual innuendo and confusion set in the surgery – residence of Doctor Arthur Wicksteed with the roving eyes and hands and his frustrated wife Muriel.
To add to the plot, we have Arthur's spinster sister, Connie Wicksteed who is engaged to Canon Throbbing, the "pervy priest", though nothing as much of a fumble has occurred in their time together. Connie is weighed down, or not as the case maybe, by her flat chest, and she has taken a bold step by ordering some large appendages that come in a box followed by their expert fitter, the innocent and professional Mr Shanks from Leatherhead.
Joining in the mayhem is Dennis Wicksteed, the hapless hypochondriac son of Arthur and Muriel, to whom he is a general disappointment.
Dennis is convinced he has only three months to live, hence the arrival of the beautiful temptress Felicity Rumpers, who has entered the lives of the Wicksteed's along with her matriarchal mother, Lady Rumpers, bastion of all things British.
We soon find out that Felicity is pregnant and needs someone eligible to take the blame!
In among all this madness we have Sir Percy Shorter, the vertically challenged and pompous head of the British Medical Association who has a long-term score to settle with his old rival Arthur.
We also learn of his previous illicit encounter with Lady Rumpers, the result of which was Felicity.
Guiding us throughout the evening with her inimitable narration, is Mrs Swabb, the Wicksteed's working class cleaner, the house and neighbourhood gossip.
There are three performances of Habeas Corpus – tomorrow and saturday in Paulton Village Hall and the following Saturday (October 19) in Farrington Hall.
Tickets cost £5 each and are available on the door or call 07878 581645.
Doors open at 7pm, curtain up at 7.30pm.