(from the 2015 production at this venue). These actors have now left the
(Seen at the afternoon preview performance on 6th December
The Cornley Polytechnic have done it again. Improving on the
previous triumph that was “The
Play That Goes Wrong,” this is more lavishly staged, more
tightly written, and more chaotic than ever before.
early, as you won’t want to miss the “pre-show” as the
accident-prone team set up for the big Christmas show of the
And then it starts. All the traditional plot features are
here. Nancy Wallinger manages three parts amazingly (and that
isn’t a euphemism, well, it is a bit, in act two, but...), Henry
Shields is on top Fawlty form (pun intended) and so in command
of the material that a child’s beautifully timed interventions
inspired some tremendous improvisation.
Charlie Russell makes the very most of Wendy, and finds
terrific depth in a final scene with lovelorn Dave Hearn, a sad
Also well worth a mention are Ellie Morris (Tootles) as a
constant victim, Henry Lewis (Robert Grove) who has a lucky
escape to say the least, Chris Leask’s acrobatically bolshie
Trevor and Greg Tannahill as a less than moral Peter.
Basically, it’s a total riot, complete with narrator (Tom
Edden) unable to hold anything together, due to, rather than in
spite of, the rest of the team.
Much will go over the heads of the young, but nobody loses
more than outer garments and dignity, there’s not a single swear
word and there’s plenty of warm fun to be had.
If you are a fan of British traditional humour, and can get a
ticket, just do.