‘Humble Boy’ is the bees’ knees!

September 20, 2011
Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Sue Morgan as Mercy, Chris Powell as Felix and Rosematy Bissex as Flora (Photo:Phil Mansell)

Set in an English country garden, ‘Humble Boy’ by Charlotte Jones is a fresh take on Hamlet with its melancholic main character, Felix Humble, an ill-adjusted, inadequate astro- physicist whose attempts to conceive a general theory of everything have come to nothing.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

'Humble Boy' takes place in the not so tranquil setting of an English country garden (Photo:Phil Mansell)

He returns to his late father’s Cotswold garden to find his beloved bees have disappeared and his mother preparing to re-marry a man totally unlike her late husband.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Felix (Chris Powell) shows the contents of his urn to Rosie (Rhian Mitchell) (Photo:Phil Mansell)

 James Humble had been an unassuming biology teacher with a passion for the quiet pastimes of gardening and beekeeping; boyfriend George Pye is a brash and randy entrepreneur with a taste for big band music.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Rosie (Rhian Mitchell) shows her true feelings for bumbling Felix (Chris Powell) (Photo:Phil Mansell)

Chris Powell plays Felix, a cumbersome, tongue-tied figure who cannot stumble across a garden hose without using it to illustrate the finer points of string theory before twisting it into a noose.

In this gently observant play, writer Charlotte Jones’s manages to combine complex science with acute, comic characterisations that echo Tom Stoppard at his finest.

‘Fawlty’ Start to Newport Playgoers’ New Season!

September 2, 2011
Newport Playgoers present 'Fawlty Towers'

Waiting to welcome you to ‘Fawlty Towers’ are Sybil (Nicky Davies), Basil (Alex Wilson), Manuel (Ryan Salter) and Polly (Catherine Morgan) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

There’s mayhem and misunderstandings galore when Newport Playgoers launch their new season with ‘FawltyTowers’ on 13th September.

Based on the classic sitcom created by John Cleese and Connie Booth, this promises to be a real treat for theatregoers.

All the show’s wonderfully memorable characters are on duty at the world’s worst hotel – manic Basil, his gossipy, unhelpful wife Sybil, hapless Spanish waiter Manuel, and waitress Polly (see them in action in the photos below).

It features three of the show’s classic episodes, including the one in which Basil tells a party of Germans where they went wrong during World War 2.

“To bring a work from the small screen to the stage is never easy, especially one which has not been re-written or adapted,” said the play’s first-time director Jes Hynes. “However, I have a fantastic cast and we’re working hard to make this comedy classic into a great production that we’re sure audiences will love.”

 ‘FawltyTowers’ is the first of eight plays making up Playgoers’ 88th Season. Future productions include ‘Frost/Nixon’, ‘The Lady in the Van’ by Alan Bennett and an updated version of Moliere’s ‘The Hypochondriac’ written byLiverpool poet Roger McGough.

 ‘FawltyTowers’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 13 – 17 September. For tickets, phone 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.

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