Time­less com­edy takes to the stage

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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.

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