Friday 16 March - Saturday 7 April
An Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre production
The islanders of Great and Little Todday are dismayed to find their whisky supply dwindling as the UK government diverts the precious stuff to the Americans, in an attempt to bribe them into supporting the British war-effort. When the whisky runs out completely it seems like the end of the world…
But then a 50,000 whisky bottle cargo is shipwrecked close by the islands, and welcome relief seems to be at hand.
Conflict is guaranteed, however, once stuffy Paul Waggett of the Home Guard takes it upon himself to try to reinforce discipline and prevent the thirsty islanders from taking advantage of their apparent good fortune.
Meanwhile, as in the finest of Shakespearian comedies, two weddings are planned: one hinges on timid George Campbell finally finding the (Dutch?) courage to stand up to his disapproving mother; the other involves an English Officer’s love for the daughter of a leading whisky filcher.
This new production, set in 1955, is a tribute to the feisty, fearless all-female touring theatre companies of the post-war years. Under the dogmatic direction of the redoubtable Flora Bellerby, witness the Pallas Players - Win, Doris, Flora, Bea, Aileen, Connie and last-minute replacement Juliet – as they play all the hilarious and diverse characters from Mackenzie’s comedy classic, in an innovative and beguiling adaptation that breathes fresh life into a well-loved, internationally acknowledged masterpiece.
Running Time: 2hr 21mins (includes 20 minute interval)
Save Money with a Coliseum Season Ticket
This production is part of the Coliseum's season ticket offer - Four plays for just £68 or less. Contact the Box Office for more information on 0161 624 2829.
Full price: £16 - £23
Concessions: £16 – £21
Get In! Under 26/NUS: £7 (limited tickets available)
Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 65, full-time students, and registered unemployed people. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.
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Groups of 10+ get £3 off full price evening ticket (£20.50)
Groups of 25+ get £5 off full price evening ticket (£18.50) with free programme for organiser
Audio Described Performance
Tuesday 3 April, 7.30pm
Friday 23 March, 7.30pm
Meet the Cast
Thursday 22 March
Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm
Part of the Season Ticket Deal
Adapted by Philip Goulding
Directed by Kevin Shaw
Designed by Patrick Connellan
Music by Alan Edward Williams
Lighting Designer Jason Taylor
Sound Designer Lorna Munden
Written by Compton Mackenzie