Lu­natic ca­pers

Master of sub­ver­sive and cyn­i­cal dark farce, Joe Or­ton en­joyed brief fame as an English play­wright be­fore his mur­der in 1969.

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Such was his im­pact that the word ‘‘or­tonesque’’ was coined to de­scribe the out­ra­geously im­plau­si­ble leaps of logic in­dulged in by his char­ac­ters.

Or­ton’s last stage play, What the But­ler Saw opens at Fox­ton Lit­tle The­atre on Fri­day.

Set in a psy­chi­atric clinic where un­usual be­hav­iour is the or­der of the day, the plot con­tains enough twists, mishaps, co­in­ci­dence and lu­natic logic to fur­nish three or four come­dies.

But, how­ever of­ten the six char­ac­ters lose the thread, their wits or their clothes, their ver­bal self-pos­ses­sion never deserts them.

Se­duc­tion and adul­ter­ous in­tent are all part and par­cel of the carry on, and What the But­ler Saw, once re­garded as scan­dalous, is now con­sid­ered a clas­sic English com­edy.

Di­rected by Rhys Mills, the play sees Globe Award win­ning ac­tor and di­rec­tor Carl Terry as the las­civ­i­ous Dr Pren­tice try­ing to keep ev­i­dence of an ex­tra­mar­i­tal dal­liance from his wife, as his al­co­holic other half at­tempts to like­wise con­ceal her lover.

Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters is the ap­pear­ance of Dr Rance, a gov­ern­ment in­spec­tor of psy­chi­atric clin­ics, who be­comes less and less sane as the play un­folds.

Joe Or­ton’s What the But­ler Saw opens at 7.30pm on Fri­day, July 29 at the Lit­tle The­atre, Main St. Fox­ton and runs on Fri­days and Satur­day un­til Au­gust 13. Book­ings can be made at Fox­ton Prop­erty Bro­kers 06 363 0022.

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