Troupe brings the laughs of Steptoe & Son to RSL’s stage

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE Act­ing Fac­tory is chang­ing its tempo on stage and re­vis­it­ing an oldie but a goodie.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Pen­rith­based act­ing group is pre­sent­ing English clas­sic Steptoe & Son.

The rag-and-bone fa­therand-son traders will be show­cased in a din­ner show at Rooty Hill RSL on Fri­days, De­cem­ber 2 and 9.

Steptoe & Son was a BBC com­edy sit­com that ran from 1962-65 fol­lowed by a sec­ond run from 1970-74.

The pro­gram cen­tres around two char­ac­ters, a fa­ther and son, “who ped­dle their junk trade around Shep­herd’s Bush in West Lon­don.

Al­bert, the fa­ther, has seen a lot of what life has to of­fer some­one in his po­si­tion and does not like it one bit.

Son Harold, on the other hand, has so­cial am­bi­tions and wants to move up in the world, mainly to es­cape the fam­ily home and his fa­ther.

How­ever his plans are al­ways foiled by his fa­ther.

The Act­ing Fac­tory di­rec­tor Mark Bell re­unites some of his tal­ented cast from last year’s suc­cess­ful run of Fawlty Tow­ers at Mamre House and adds some well-known tal­ent.

“I get great en­joy­ment di­rect­ing stage adap­ta­tions of clas­sic Bri­tish sit­coms and I am con­fi­dent we can pull it off. From cos­tumes to set, the au­di­ence will be trans­ported to Shep­herds Bush,” he said.

The Act­ing Fac­tory will be per­form­ing two clas­sic episodes from the series.

The Hound of the Baskervilles and (inset) the orig­i­nal Steptoe & Son.

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