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: www.blackratproductions.co.uk
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