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Black Comedy


directed by Carlo Ghisi, together with Andy Johnstone, Ulrike Johnstone and Melanie Zander

Summary

Black Comedy is a hilarious farce by Peter Shaffer, first performed in 1965.

Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée Carol Melkett have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbor Harold's flat without his permission in order to impress an elderly millionaire art collector coming to view Brindsley's work, and Carol's father Colonel Melkett. When the power suddenly fails, Harold returns early, and Brindsley's ex-mistress Clea shows up unexpectedly, things slide into disaster for him.

The intriguing thing about this play is that it is staged under a reversed lighting scheme: It opens on a dark stage, but the actors seem to be able to see perfectly well. A few minutes into the show there is a short circuit, and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a "blackout." For the rest of the play, the actors are left "in the dark", struggling more and more to avoid the inevitable.

With a fantastic cast of some of the group's best actors, this show is bound to be a great night out.  


Performances
 
Cast

Brindsley Miller - Andy Williams

Carol Melkett - Alexandra Sokolowski

Miss Furnival - Claudia Tranquilli

Colonel Melkett - Donald Phillips

Harold Gorringe - Eric Beveridge

Clea - Asha Parmar

Mr. Schuppanzigh - Rick Blake

Georg Bamberger - Paul Tharagonnet and Dan


Backstage Crew

Producer - Mark Grundy

Assistant Directors - Andy Johnstone, Ulrike Johnstone, Carlo Ghisi

Costumes and Props  - Moira Grundy

Lights and Sound - Matthias Maat

Stage Building / Q-Branch -  Mark Grundy, Andy Johnston, Paul, Dan

Voice coach - Sarah Blake