Timeless comedy takes to the stage
Feilding Little Theatre players, under the experienced direction of Peter Doherty, are ready to delight audiences with the stage adaptation of the timeless comedy, Last of The Summer Wine.
From 1973 until 2010, Roy Clarke, writer of the popular British television series, engaged audiences with his humorous three main characters – Clegg, Foggy and Compo cavorting around the countryside of York.
The reason this trio held such affection with audiences was mainly due to the characters breaking all the rules of how the elderly should behave in the autumn years of their lives.
The endearing trio behaved as if a second childhood was upon them. Hence the play on words – Last of the Summer Wine – instead of a tranquil start to autumn.
No wives, responsibilities and retired, they choose to take a unique perspective on their fellow townspeople, escapades that included pranks, comical inventions and endless speculation about other people’s lives.
When the long-running series concluded, Clarke decided to bring the much-loved characters back together and write one last adventure for the stage.
The stage adaptation of this comedy is at Clegg’s home.
The role of the widower Clegg, having had ‘‘years of marital combat experience,’’ is well delivered by Dan Mateer. Clegg is more cautious than his two accomplices and gives an intellectual view on the possible outcomes of the endless schemes they concoct.
Phil White takes on the role of the slightly snobbish and authoritive Foggy who has taken a shine to Constance, and despite her being engaged to the local policeman Gifford Bewmont for 14 years, Foggy likes his chances of wooing her away for himself.
Having convinced Clegg that his home will be more convivial for a romantic soiree his plans are set. One more thing Foggy requires is to make sure that Compo does not turn up on the night.
Caroline Sherwill takes the role of Constance and Luke McIndoe plays the hapless fiance.
Alas, Foggy’s plans will be well and truly thwarted. Constance’s aunt just happens to be Nora Baty. Val Ottoway is relishing playing the role of Nora – a woman never to be deterred; her sharp eyes and even sharper tongue will crack even the best-laid plans. Peter is delighted with his cast. ‘‘The rehearsals have been thoroughly enjoyable, and I know the audiences are going to have a wonderful night out.’’
Feilding Little Theatre will be offering dinner and show. For those choosing to book for dinner and show, it is advised to make the booking as soon as possible. Dinner and show dates available June 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17 and final night June 18.
If there are special dietary requirements, you must make them known when booking tickets. There are seats available for show only.
Dinner and show starts 6.30pm and diners need to be seated just prior to that time. As always, there will be a matinee on Sunday, June 12, complete with a delicious high tea.
Visit the website feilding-little-theatre or phone 323 5051.
The rehearsals have been thoroughly enjoyable, and I know the audiences are going to have a wonderful night out. Peter Doherty
Last of the Summer Wine trio – Foggy (Phil White), Compo (Tony Vincent) and Clegg (Dan Mateer). Feilding Little Theatre players, under the experienced direction of Peter Doherty, are ready to delight audiences with the stage adaptation of the timeless comedy Last of The Summer Wine.