Gosforth’s Fête & Oedocles, King of Thebes
Dates: 19/20/21 & 26/27/28 March 2010
Directed by Teena Cleary
Plot Summary: Publican Gordon Gosforth is running the village gala (to raise funds for a new village hall – “it’s sorely needed; the old one is, quite frankly, an eyesore”), but there’s bad personal news from stalwart Milly Carter over the public address system. Cub master Stewart Stokes discovers alcohol, there’s a fine vicar, and Councillor Mrs Pearce gets severely dishevelled. And that’s before the rain strands most of the local Amateur Dramatic Society on the wrong side of the bridge. Gosforth and his cohorts are pressed into service and step into the vacant roles for the Greek tragedy Oedocles, King of Thebes written by Michael Green (known for his several “Coarse Acting Plays”) with mixed results. Oedocles strides the stage in full tragic glory, Hysterectomy is played with true finesse, and the Greek chorus, really do show us only too well how ‘tragic’ a play can be in the wrong hands. Gosforth’s Fête starts as a drama, develops into well-choreographed chaos and climaxes as a full-blown farce.
Venue: The Studio, Ward Street, Upper Hutt.