YOU may remember watching Andy Pandy and Looby Loo with your mother way back when, but a new stage version
YOU may remember watching Andy Pandy and Looby Loo with your mother way back when, but a new stage version of show coming to the Kenton is definitely not one to take your children to, writes Lesley Potter.
Looby Loo — No Strings Attached is the story of a grown-up Looby who is older and possibly wiser but with a penchant for a very strong brand of lager (the type consumed by tramps on park benches).
The comedy played at the Edinburgh Festival last summer, where it was spotted by former actress and Kenton Theatre committee member Pippa Kirshon, who recommended it.
She said: “I loved it. It starts off being funny and then gets sadder. It’s a kind of morality tale for our times.”
Julian Rimmer, writer and director, first had the idea for the play after a “disastrous” fancy dress party where he and his fiancée turned up dressed as Andy Pandy and Looby Loo — and he started to wonder what life would be like for the puppets as grown-ups.
He said: “The play is written on different levels, showing the life of a struggling actor, the plight of ignored minorities and it has a religious undertone that is a tiny thread woven throughout the piece.”
His fiancée — now his wife — Elizabeth Elvin, plays the part that was written for her. She is a stalwart of the Mill at Sonning Theatre, and has also played in a variety of stage and screen roles, including the head of the WI in the feature film Hot Fuzz. Tim Lowe, who plays Teddy, comes back to the Kenton where he first played in a school production back in 1978. Andy Pandy is played by Christopher Marlowe, and Auntie is played by Eddi Hill.
Looby Loo — No Strings Attached is strictly for adults and plays at the Kenton Theatre on Saturday, June 1. Box office (01491) 575698 or www.kentontheatre.co.uk