THE ARTS

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - By Sonja Ras­mussen

Your chance to help Dom Joly beat his pho­bia.

DAVE Lamb is some­what con­fused at re­hearsals for his lat­est play. The cast of Stu­dio Theatre are ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors but this is a chal­lenge even for them. Dave said: “Much of the com­edy is in the adap­ta­tion al­ready, it’s in the script. A lot of what you’ll see is in the tour­ing pro­duc­tion and in the West End. “So much of it winks to the au­di­ence. We’ve taken a lot of it as it is writ­ten and not changed it be­cause it’s funny any­way, and we’ve tried to bring in some of our own new com­edy.” The play won the Olivier Award for Best New Com­edy, an award it fully de­served, said Dave who is de­lighted to give it a first ama­teur air­ing. “It is a bril­liantly writ­ten and de­vised play and we have hope­fully man­aged to do it jus­tice,” he said. “Some of it we can do and some of it we can’t do, and if we can’t do it ex­actly the same as it was in the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion, we’ve tried to cre­ate our own, hope­fully, equally funny ver­sion. “There’s al­most a panto spirit of tak­ing the au­di­ence with you, say­ing ‘Look, we can’t do a bi­plane crash, you’ll just have to bear with us and

HEC­TIC: For the di­rec­tor of Stu­dio Theatre is co-or­di­nat­ing a cast of more than 100 char­ac­ters, played by only four ac­tors in The 39 Steps at Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre next week. He said: “It is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. There are 139 char­ac­ters in the play, most of them played by the lead­ing ac­tors, who are Lind­sey Cro­mar and Steve Wors­ley. “Richard Han­nay is played by Tim Tricker, and Lisa Cameron plays all three femme fa­tales.”

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