An arresting play
TWELVE months after its impressive production of Look Back In Anger, the Lincoln Company, which features students from the Lincoln School of Performing Arts, returns to Louth with another success.
Under Andy Jordan's direction they are still looking back, only this time it is to a heyday of 1970s farce.
Alan Bennett wrote Habeas Corpus long before his stock had risen in value to that of national treasure, yet it sparkles with his customary wit and wry fascination with class.
It is a Rolls Royce of a script, which the cast deliver with panache, ensuring we are entertained from opening line to final bow; what more can you want from a night at the theatre?
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Of course, with farce it is impossible to summarise a convoluted plot in a few lines and still make sense but, yes, someone does lose their trousers.
In essence, the newly-emerging permissive society tantalises our seemingly respectable characters; they long to be a part of that scene.
Characters include Arthur Wickstead (Joseph Pope), a GP who enjoys dalliances with his patients but not his wife Muriel (Rebecca Mann), who must find satisfaction amongst her fantasies.
Their son Dennis (Stuart Scott), a naive hypochondriac believes he only has months to live, is an ideal sop for the beautiful Felicity (Julia Curry), facing the social disgrace of pregnancy out of wedlock.
Canon Throbbing (Alex Halsall), a celibate and sexually frustrated vicar, lusts after the introverted Constance (Rebecca Sowter) who blossoms, in every sense, after discovering an appliance that boosts her flat chest.
Knitting the plot, these characters, and others, together is the all-knowing cleaner Mrs Swabb, brilliantly played by Laurence Grunbaum who deservedly earned the loudest applause of the night.
In summary; great script, fantastic cast and plenty of laughs – Habeas Corpus is a must-see.
Habeas Corpus runs until Saturday. Call the box office on 01507 600350.