If you want to laugh, that kind of side-splitting, belly-aching you just cannot laugh anymore kind of laughing, go to the theatre and see ‘The Play That Goes Wrong.’
It is an extraordinary play and I can almost guarantee that it will walk away with all the South African theatre awards for 2017. It has already won the Olivier Award in the U.K for best new comedy and the Broadway World Award for best new play.
The play is based on a 1920 murder mystery that is put on by an amateur dramatics society and as the name would suggest, everything, literally everything, goes wrong. It is the ‘first show’ and the actors are decidedly nervous. Some of them are also decidedly bad, forget their words, have their lines written on their hands, forget they are meant to be dead, forget to turn up, knock out the leading lady and trip over everything including their lines.
It’s not easy being a bad actor. Our South African actors are absolutely brilliantly shocking!
The show is about an hour and a half, with an interval, but sometimes takes a bit longer. ‘It depends on how long people laugh for,’ is what I was told. The play opens with a set that is falling to pieces, goes through several hilarious accidents until the finale, by which time you, the audience, are pretty much on the floor.
The Play That Goes Wrong has been on in England, Australia, Ireland and New York, is now on in Johannesburg and will be going straight on to Cape Town.
I don’t say this easily but I am going to say it. Do not miss this play. It is comic genius, with an astonishing cast, director and the most extraordinary behind the scenes guys who handle all the technical stuff.
Your Johannesburg Guesthouse will happily assist you in making bookings. We’re pretty sure that most of the owners have already been to see it. They all love the theatre!
The Play That Goes Wrong is on at The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino until the 30th April, and then at The Theatre on The Bay in Cape Town from 3 May to 17 June. It is directed by Alan Committie and has an incredibly strong cast, each one better than the next. Robert Fridjohn, Russel Savadier, Thomas Colleymore (watch this name), Theo Landey, Robert Pombo, Craig Jackson, Sive Gubangxa, Nicole Franco and Louis Viljoen.