Black Rat to tour Wales with Loot from October

September 24, 2018 by

Rehearsals are well underway for Black RAT Productions Autumn 2018 tour of Joe Orton’s comedy LOOT.

A co-production with Blackwood Miners’ Institute, the show follows last year’s success with  One Man, Two Guvnors.

The company will be presenting   the original version of Joe Orton’s darkcomic masterpiece LOOT which will be directed by Richard Tunley.

It will tour the production to 17 venues across Wales from Tuesday October 2 until Saturday 10 November, opening with three nights at Blackwood Miners’ Institute from 2-4 October and finishing their tour at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 10 November.

Joe Orton’s satirical comedy has the perception and attitude to death by people in the mid twentieth century as its main theme.

Dennis works for an undertaker and Hal’s old Mum has just died. Ludicrous slapstick meets dubious morals as the two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in Hal’s Mum’s occupied coffin, all whilst trying to avoid a crazed policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.

With the money safely hidden, there’s no place for ‘Mum’ whose body keeps re-appearing at inopportune times and the two thieves stumble their way through with hilarious consequences. Orton’s classic farce is a mix of acts of lunacy, political incorrectness and macabre humour resulting in a hilariously funny play that creates an inimitable theatrical experience for audiences.

Director Richard Tunley said “LOOT is the perfect piece for Black RAT. The timing and comedy needed is a speciality of the company who have successfully delivered fast paced actioned packed autumn tours that have delighted audiences over recent years. I know audiences for the show all across Wales will have a thoroughly good time! “

The cast comprises Julie Barclay (Mrs McLeavy), Sam Davies (Truscott) Sarah- Jayne Hopkins (Fay), Rick Yale (Hal) and Lee Gilbert (Meadows). They will be joined by Black RAT newcomers John Cording (McLeavy) and Gareth Tempest (Dennis). The production is designed by Sean Crowley with lighting design by Robin Bainbridge.


Main image: Rick Yale and Gareth Tempest.


The production has an age suitability of 14+

For more information and links to touring box venue box office visit:


Tour Dates & Venues

Tues 2 – Thurs 4 October        7.30pm                                    Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Sat 6 October                          7.45pm                                    Hafren, Newtown


Mon 8 October                        7.30pm                                    Congress, Cwmbran

Weds 10 October                    7.30pm                                    Pontardawe Arts Centre

Thurs 11 October                    7.30pm                                    The Lyric, Camarthen

Tues 16 & Weds 17  October 7.30pm                                    The Coliseum, Aberdare

Weds 17 October                    1.00pm                                    The Coliseum

Thurs 18 October                    7.30pm                                    Grand Pavillion, Porthcawl

Fri 19 October                         7.30pm                                    Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

Tues 23 October                      7.30pm                                    Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

Weds 24 October                    7.30pm                                    Stiwt, Wrexham

Sat 27 October                        7.30pm                                    Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Tues 30 October                      7.30pm                                    Ffwrnes, Llanelli

Weds 31 October                    7.30pm                                    Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Thurs 1- Sat 3 November        7.45pm                                    RWCMD, Cardiff

Tues 6 November                    7.30pm                                    The Borough, Abergavenny

Fri 9 November                       7.30pm                                    Maesteg Town Hall

Sat 10 November                    7.30pm                                     Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

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