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Louis R
Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:46 am Reply with quote
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Exeter Alternative Theatre (EAT) is very proud to present four superb short plays from the 1920’s London Grand Guignol repertoire that explore the more farcical side of life. Filled with quintessentially British wit and humour, these wonderfully crafted pieces of theatre history, complete with traditionally Guignol-esque plot twists, are sure to delight and entertain a modern audience as much as they did nearly 100 years ago.

Originally written for, and performed in London’s West End in the 1920’s, these classic Grand Guignol farces feature some timeless comedy scenarios: the lengths to which a ‘respectable’ woman will go to in order to protect her reputation in ‘Cupboard Love’ by Eliot Crawshay-Williams; the downfall of an unfaithful spouse in ‘I Want To Go Home’ by H.F. Maltby and the desperate attempts of the greedy to extort money from a dying relative in ‘E. & O.E.’ by Eliot Crawshay-Williams. This special one-off event will also include a rare performance of the very short 1921 play ‘A Love Idyll’ by H.F. Maltby.

The venue for the performance of these plays is the beautiful and breathtakingly stunning Grade II listed Sidwell Street Methodist Church. Designed and built in 1905 the French architect Paul Cottancin used some truly innovative techniques in the reinforced concrete and brickwork construction of the church, making it unique in Europe with its unsupported cantilevered balcony and rich Art Nouveau decor.

Unlike EAT’s previous productions these plays portray the lighter side of Grand Guignol, but are still guaranteed to pack a terrific punch.

I WANT TO GO HOME by H.F. Maltby
Originally submitted to the Lord Chamberlain's Office, the censor at the time, in 1921 this comedy was deemed ‘far too risqué for public performance’ & banned outright. It sees the downfall of an unfaithful spouse when his drab & boring wife blossoms & attempts to seduce him into staying home for the evening.

CUPBOARD LOVE by Eliot Crawshay-Williams
When a young gentlemen successfully gains entry into a young lady’s hotel room the ‘respectable’ woman goes to some rather unconventional lengths in order to protect her reputation.

E. & O. E. by Eliot Crawshay-Williams
(Errors & Omissions Excepted) A dying man awaits the arrival of a solicitor so he can dictate his last will & testament. His wife & mother-in-law sit by his bedside.
And so the scene is set for a farcical black comedy where the laughs & surprises just keep on coming.

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