Review: Habeas Corpus, by Alan Bennett, Open Space Theatre Company, Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, touring until May 21
- Credit: Archant
Habeas Corpus - a legal term meaning ‘have the body’ - is a classic farce from the pen of master writer Alan Bennett with a dash of absurdism, clever and witty word plays and some social comment on the 1960s thrown in.
Norfolk/Suffolk touring ensemble Open Space bring the formula to life and laughs as the randy, aging doctor (Peter Sowerbutts in fine world-weary, cynical form) attempts to seduce an attractive young patient (Samantha McAtear) while keeping it from his frustrated wife (Yves Green), no slouch herself in the hanky-panky stakes.
There is a stage full of absurdist characters - hypochondriac son (Jake Kubala), a pompous, sex obsessed rival doctor (Simon Evans), a flat-chested spinster (Eleanor Marshall) who buys false breasts and a salesman sent to test them (Bob Good).
A sex-mad vicar (Tim Hall); a stereotypical upper-class lady with a past (Annie McClarnon) a house cleaner as the chorus-commentator (Pat Parris) and a sad depressive (Alan Huckle) who is trying to hang himself, complete the splendid cast.
David Green directs excellent summer fun for the light evenings.
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Remaining performances are at the Fisher Theatre Bungay May 13, Garboldisham Village Hall May 14, Beccles Public Hall May 19, Wingfield Barns, May 20, The Cut, Halesworth May 21
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