Thursday, May 08, 2003
Last week, we warned you about the existence of a stage version of 'popular' BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo, performed by an amateur company in Aberdeen
We couldn't face the prospect of going along to see it, so instead we will quote from (ie steal) the review from this morning's Press and Journal newspaper, whatever that is. (We've added our own thoughts in brackets.)
"THE Phoenix Theatre Company certainly have a diverse repertoire. (And no shame).
"So it should come as no surprise that their production of the stage version of ’Allo ’Allo which opened at Aberdeen Arts Centre last night would be nothing short of outstanding. All the familiar characters, double entendres and generous sprinkling of Gallic smut are joyously in place. (They have copied it all off the telly).
"But even if you had never seen the TV programme, you’re bound to find that this show is wonderful fun. (But if you didn't like it to begin with, why the hell would you go to see this?)
"Expertly directed by Callum Stuart, Pheonix have fielded their usual cast of superb players, led by Kevin Haggart who strikes just the right weary note as randy Rene, the cafe owner. (All the parts are played by the same old people, and they all look utterly fed up)
"The first comedy I’ve seen to feature an inflatable Hitler, ’Allo ’Allo runs at the Aberdeen Arts Centre until Saturday and should not be missed." (It should be missed)
Well, remember where you heard it first. We hope to bring you photographs of the production later in the week.