What The Butler Saw

Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Fisher Theatre, Bungay

A controversial play about incest on a summer's evening? Just what the doctor ordered.

A middle-aged psychiatrist is interviewing a young secretary. At once confusion, in and out entrances, dropped trousers and increasing madness takes over.

Written in the 1960s this is Joe Orton's final play, some say his finest.


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The plot gets thicker and more bizarre as twist follows improbability. And it gets funnier. Humour starts black and grows murkier and more sinister.

Given a riotous treatment by RoughCast Theatre, director David Green tackles his first insane farce with an expert touch.

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Simon Evans as the chief protagonist is a comic model of frantic lunacy. The young secretary is Becky Martin handling the innocent role well, while the wife, Yves Green, commands the stage effortlessly.

It's a cast with potential in a play that is both a slice of social history and a comic gem. Recommended.

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