Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Black comedy is back

The Goring Gap Players are bringing Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace to Goring Village Hall next week for their spring production directed by Jacqui Bertrand (The Ladykillers).

The Goring Gap Players are bringing Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace to Goring Village Hall next week for their spring production directed by Jacqui Bertrand (The Ladykillers).

The Brewster sisters are sweet, charming and hospitable - but watch out if they offer you their home-made elderberry wine.

In the above picture from rehearsals Chris Bertrand plays the poor unfortunate Mr Gibbs, while Abby (Anne Hart) and Martha (Fran Weetman) pour the wine and look on expectantly.

The cast includes Mortimer, the young nephew who hopes to marry Elaine the girl next door; his brother Jonathan who's avoiding the police with the help of his friend Dr Einstein; various inept policemen - and look out for President Roosevelt and possibly even Boris Karloff.

Arsenic and Old Lace was a sensation when it first appeared in 1941 - being the one of first to feature multiple murders and lots of laughs. The successful film starring Cary Grant was released in 1944.

Despite the bodies in the basement, the poison, a competition for the most and best murders, and other ghastly deeds, the show is also somehow good, clean fun, and suitable for all.

Arsenic and Old Lace is at Goring Village Hall from Wednesday (April 20) to Saturday, April 23. Showtime is 8pm each day and tickets are available from Inspiration, The Arcade, Goring. Alternatively, call Jean Betteridge on (01491) 873530.



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