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Murwillumbah Theatre Company continues to bring you stage versions of BBC comedies with its production of Up Pompeii, which opened last Friday at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium.

If you have a taste for the classic attributes of Roman comedy such as slapstick, coarseness and blatant sex jokes, Up Pompeii is for you.

Based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in the full-length play written by Miles Tredinnick and directed by Julie West (Director of The Vicar of Dibley and ‘Allo ‘Allo)

As Lurcio, the main character (originally played by Frankie Howard) attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house. Why does Ludicrus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife return so quickly from the country? Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua?

Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance …

What could that possibly be?

The wonderfully cheeky script is packed with gags as corny and as old as the show’s setting and littered with double-entendres. A riot from start to finish.

The show continues this week on Friday 31st, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd and the following weekend of June 8 and 9 at 2pm.

Seating is cabaret style with BYO drinks and food. The Canvas and Kettle bar will be open before the show and at intermission.

Tickets are $15 and available at Murwillumbah Music 02 6672 5404 and Tweed Tourism 1800 674 414 or on line at Tweed Tourism and at www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com. Enquiries: Marie on 0412 027 962.



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