1 August, 2023
Hilarious production set for stage
The spotlight is set to shine on the renowned Malanda Theatre Company as they gear up to present their latest production, “How the Other Half Loves”, a comedic masterpiece penned by the acclaimed playwright Alan Ayckbourn during the 1970s.
Embracing the essence of wit and hilarity, this play captured the hearts of audiences in London, catapulting Ayckbourn into the ranks of pre-eminent comedy writers.
At the core of this comedy lies an unusual complexity that sets it apart from other conventional plays.
The stage will serve as a canvas for two living rooms, ingeniously overlapping without being separate.
The distinct styles and colours of the furniture artfully distinguish the two spaces, adding depth to the story's entangled relationships.
Within this dynamic setting, the action unfolds simultaneously, with actors moving in close proximity to one another, yet deliberately avoiding any physical contact or acknowledgement, causing a whirlwind of misunderstandings, miscommunications, and mishaps that push the boundaries of humour.
Howard Smith will take centre stage as the main character, playing a “bumbling Brit” determined to keep his employees and their spouse’s content.
However, his comedic misreading of the relationships between his workers, their wives, and his own spouse sets the stage for a series of side-splitting situations.
Joining the ensemble are Tim Wright, playing the “charming yet misguided office Romeo,” alongside his patient wife, Kaitlen Adams, whose world gets mixed up with the arrival of new employee Jake Skukan and his wife, Jocelyn Goodwin.
Tickets are on sale on the website www.malandatheatre.org