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BAROQUE THEATRE COMPANY at Swindon Arts Centre on 7th June


Directed by Adam Morley

The much-loved and acclaimed Baroque Theatre Company have now embarked on their summer tour which will see them perform a Comedy Triple Bill in a staggering 28 venues across England.  The tour, which opened on Friday 5th May, continues until Sunday 30th July 2017.

The Comedy Triple Bill features three short plays in one hilarious evening of fast-paced performances from an all female cast.  Audiences can expect an evening of laughs of West End quality as they follow the characters’ journey through each play.

The Comedy Triple Bill kicks off with Last Tango in Little Grimley written by David Tristram,  one of the UK’s most popular and respected playwrights.  Membership of the local amateur dramatic society has dwindled to four and the audiences aren’t much bigger. If they don’t come up with some rent money soon, they’re going to be thrown out. Time for dramatic action. “There’s only one thing that sells tickets these days” argues the Chairwoman. “Sex!” But how will the locals react to the promise of a sizzling sex comedy? All is revealed and thus begins the chaotic build-up to an evening of extraordinary home-grown drama – an evening the locals would never forget!

The second play,  A Jolly Sinister Jape by writer Elliot Strange,  is a pastiche 1920’s thriller with a plot that defies description. This is Famous Five fun for adults as Stubby, Ophelia, Biffy and Fatty find themselves trapped in a mysterious house during a thunderstorm. Is this someone’s idea of a jape? Or is something far more sinister going on?   A Jolly Sinister Jape is fast and furious with a liberal sprinkling of hilarious period slang, along with mystery and thrills.

The evening ends with David Tristram’s Last Panto in Little Grimley, a sequel to Last Tango in Little Grimley.  Last Panto features the same incompetent characters. The society members tackle the Christmas Pantomime with predictable riotous results. It’s Dick Whittington…but not as you know it!

The cast features Baroque Theatre Company founder and actress Claire Bibby from Kent, Plymouth born Patricia Derrick, Talitha Willsea from Norwich and Hampshire born Sally Blouet who makes her Baroque Theatre Company debut.

Baroque Theatre Company Founder Claire Bibby said “We’re so looking forward to taking these hilarious plays to some really exciting venues reaching audiences across England.  This is Baroque Theatre Company’s 16th tour and I’m particularly excited this year that the playwright David Tristram has given permission for Adam Morley, our Artistic Director,  to adapt the dialogue for the all female cast.”

Adam Morley, Artistic Director added  “After 7 years of audience and company growth and 16 UK tours Baroque Theatre Company and I are delighted to return to our comedy roots.  I’m especially honoured to revive this hugely successful Comedy Triple Bill bringing to the stage a show in the mould of a classic British Sitcom and a homage to the greats of UK comedy including Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Open All Hours and Only Fools and Horses.  Sit back and enjoy.”

Creative Team:  Artistic Director Adam Morley, Producer Claire Bibby, Stage Manager Samson Robinson,  Lighting and Sound Technician Joe Nicholls, Costume Designer Suzanne Bell, Set Build Matt Nunn.  Sponsored by Clarian Ltd.


Other venues/dates in the StageTalk Magazine are


Wednesday 7th June 7.30pm

Swindon Arts Centre

Devizes Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 4BJ


Ticket Office: 01793 524481
Ticket Prices: £14.50 (Full) Concs £2.00 off


Saturday 22nd July 7.30pm

Parabola Arts Centre

Cheltenham Ladies College, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3EP


Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comedy-triple-bill-tickets-32433087237

Tickets can also be purchased from Parabola Arts Centre on the night of the performance subject to availability.

Ticket Prices: £12.50


Sunday 23rd July 7.45pm

The Players Theatre

Nelson Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 2DP


Box Office: 01844 217228

Ticket Prices: £12.00 (Full) £10.00 (Concs)

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