Captioned Performance: Tuesday 7th November
4 male actors, 45 mix gender roles, a stage full of props, a party, a brawl, a broken engagement and a lot of bad puns. This is a comedy of lovingly controlled chaos.
Evelyn Waugh called The Diary of a Nobody ‘the funniest book in the world’. First published in the 1800s, it tells the story of a self-important but tender-hearted Victorian office-worker. Mr. Pooter never loses his sense of humour as he is made to deal with the trails of everyday life - a wayward son, trouble at the office, house hold improvements gone wrong and the annoyance of catching your foot in the mat whilst trying to leave the room in silent dignity.
This cult Victorian novel is transformed into an uproarious comedy through inventive and imaginative staging. Balancing moments of wild humour against the insightful depiction of an ordinary life and happy marriage, this is a show with a surreal comic flair and a strongly beating emotional heart.
Director & Adaptor Mary Franklin
Designer Carin Nakanishi
Sound Designer Jordan Mallory-Skinner
★★★★ “An effervescently enjoyable show... Performed by an exceptional cast, it has... a light touch, a strong voice and a killer sense of humour.” Exeunt
★★★★ ” When you have a quarter of actors so good at this type of comedy you would have to be a self-important nobody to grumble... The comic Victorian novel receives a riotous post-modern makeover with hilarious results from a crack cast of four.” The Stage
★★★★ “humorously inventive and the wonderfully imagined” Islington Gazette
★★★★★ “Unique, side splittingly funny and completely unapologetic... a real theatrical diamond.” Remote Goat
★★★★★ “a rip-roaring, entertaining evening.... Quirky and original, this play will not disappoint... relaxed, delightful and charming.” The Upcoming
★★★★1/2 “the comic timing is impeccable, the silences are awkward, the asides to the audience are sincere, the sound effects are funny... a very singular piece of theatre.” The Public Reviews
★★★★ “Brilliantly barmy.” Views From The Gods
★★★★ ‘A hysterical play... a delightful adaptation.” Everything Theatre
★★★★'Timeless, charming and a little bit bonkers.' West End Frame
“The comic timing is excellent and the puns and visual jokes beautifully executed... an extremely funny production.” British Theatre Guide
‘An insanely talented group of individuals, all of whom click together on stage like clockwork...At best, it's almost as if this 126 year old material is being improvised on the spot. ‘ London City Nights
Running Time: 2hrs including a 15 minute interval
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