Wartime farce well-loved

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The ad­ven­tures of hap­less cafe owner Rene´ Ar­tois will fea­ture on stage in Ar­row­town as the Re­mark­ables The­atre Company bring the Bri­tish hit tele­vi­sion show ‘‘Allo ‘Allo back to life.The show opens tonight.

Pro­ducer Melanie Grindell said the wartime tele­vi­sion se­ries was cho­sen as the the­atre wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.

Based on the BBC tele­vi­sion sit­com, which was broad­cast be­tween 1982 and 1992, the play will be set in a small-town cafe in Nazi-oc­cu­pied France dur­ing World War II.

The fast-paced show had a good va­ri­ety of scenes and would be packed with hu­mour, Grindell said.

‘‘‘Allo ‘Allo is a far­ci­cal com­edy . . . it def­i­nitely has all the el­e­ments that peo­ple will be fa­mil­iar with,’’ she said.

Di­rec­tor An­gela Newell trav­elled from In­ver­cargill for the re­hearsals and the crew have been prac­tis­ing for the past five weeks.

‘‘We’ve been do­ing some in­tense re­hearsals,’’ Grindell said.

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