Far­ci­cal play’s on the money

Drama so­ci­ety per­form West End smash

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

JUST imag­ine you picked up the wrong bag on the Tube and dis­cov­ered £935,000 in­side when you got home.

What if you were about to dis­ap­pear to Spain with the money when the po­lice ar­rived and asked you to iden­tify a body?

That is the premise of Ray Cooney’s far­ci­cal com­edy Funny Money which opens to­day (Thurs­day) at the Com­pass The­atre, Ick­en­ham, and runs un­til Satur­day.

The show is per­formed by Ruislip Dra­matic So­ci­ety, who de­scribe it as a ‘ri­otous com­edy’.

A spokesman for the group said: “Funny Money was a huge West End hit when it opened, run­ning for two years at the Play­house The­atre Lon­don, and was also later made into a film.

“Penned by that mas­ter of com­edy Ray Cooney, it has been recog­nised as ‘farce at its finest’ and has been per­formed in count­less lo­ca­tions across the world.”

The main char­ac­ter is a mild man­nered ac­coun­tant, Henry Perkins, who finds the life chang­ing amount of money and de­cides to keep it.

His good friends Vic and Betty, who ar­rive to cel­e­brate his birth­day, get swept up in events and there is also a cheeky cab driver who is de­ter­mined to find out what is go­ing on, and a ‘Mr Nasty’ who wants his brief­case back.

Tick­ets are £12 or £11 for con­ces­sions avail­able on Wed­nes­day/Thurs­day only from Ruislip Dra­matic So­ci­ety on 07856 246 517 or from the Com­pass on 01895 673 200.

Book on­line at www. ruis­lip­dra­matic.org or www.hilling­donthe­atres.uk.

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