Farce to the fore
The antics of three ageing rogues come to life on stage.
Foggy, Compo and Clegg can mean only one thing.
Fans of the long-running British TV series Last of the SummerWine will recognise the names immediately. The escapades of three retired blokes from Yorkshire have passed into TV folklore, and scipt-writer Roy Clarke put together this stage play after the seven-year screen run was over in 2010.
Set in Clegg’s home, the adaptation continues the adventures of the three elderly mavericks whose behaviour is unbecoming and untypical of the usual golden age stereotypes. Mischievous pranks, comical inventions and endless speculation about the lives of others in their community are part of their charm.
Globe Award winning director Peter Doherty says it was essential to have experienced actors who could replicate these characters.
He has been blessed with fellow Globe Award winner Tony Vincent who plays the scruffy, rough and ready Compo, Dan Mateer as the cautious and intellectual Clegg, with Phil White as Foggy – the snobby, and amorous former army colonel, who is in pursuit of Constance, the long-time fiance of local policeman Gifford Bewmont.
‘‘This is a farce and the audience can expect a fast-paced show with lots of comings and goings and some unexpected twists,’’ Peter says.
Last of the Summer Wine opens at Feilding Little Theatre in Stafford St this week, running from June 3 to June 18. There are dinner and show, and show-only options available.
The 4pm Sunday matinee on June 12 features a high tea.
See feildinglittletheatre, with bookings available online through Eventfinda and on 323 5051.