Review: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Rose Theatre

The Play that Goes Wrong at the Rose Theatre: Pic Alistair Muir

The Play that Goes Wrong at the Rose Theatre: Pic Alistair Muir

The Play that Goes Wrong at the Rose Theatre: Pic Alistair Muir

The Play that Goes Wrong at the Rose Theatre: Pic Alistair Muir

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Every detail is considered and performed with precision in The Play That Goes Wrong, the ultimate 'play within a play', writes Tom Ambrose.

As soon as the auditorium opened to the public, mock stage crews could be seen struggling to piece together a pretty shoddy set - even asking members of the audience for assistance.

There is certainly an argument that is harder to perform a play that goes wrong than a play that goes off without a hitch.

The Play That Goes Wrong depicts the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Society's portrayal of Murder at Haversham Manor.

Chris (Henry Shields) is the much-troubled director, who doubles up as Inspector Carter, with frequent flashes of Basil Fawlty-style breakdowns throughout.

And who could blame him when his theatre group has previously performed cut-budget productions such as The Lion and the Wardrobe - not to mention Cat.

Shields excels as the straight man who has to deal with disaster-prone colleagues such as Robert (Henry Lewis), who plays Thomas Colleymoore.

Dennis (Jonathan Sayer) plays Perkins the butler in the piece but, to his fellow actors' derision, struggles with pronunciations of words - ominous or facade, for example.

The whole would-be cast are fantastic throughout and do not put a step wrong - or should that be right?

It is a unique piece of theatre and follows in the footsteps of Smack Family Robinson and Donkeys' Years as another hilarious comedy at Kingston's Rose Theatre.

If you thought you were a fan of the farce genre, think again - The Play That Goes Wrong is as farcical as a farce might get, in the best possible way.

Catch it before it closes at the Rose Theatre on Saturday evening. Visit rosetheatrekingston.org for details.

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7:57pm Fri 9 May 14

Voice of Reason & U Know It says...

Very relevant article - refer to item 5 below. Another money losing waste of time production at the Rose. Nude women mud wrestling events would probably be quite popular and profitable in comparison albeit they have no cultural worth whatsoever. What do want a high brow cultural financial flop or a base cultural / predominantly mainstream events that prevent public subsidies being required? I vote for the latter and will at my own expense provide the mud

10 Issues concerning the Liberal Democrats that make them (IMHO) the laughing stock of Politics
1. Derek Osbourn- Long time leader of the KOT council who while in office was later found to be a proven ‘ring master’ of a paedophile group . Now serving a richly deserved jail sentence after being convicted as a paedophile
2. Nick Clegg being humiliated by Nigel Farage in the recent televised debates
3. The Liberal Democrats betraying their traditional left wing voters by forming the CON-DEM Government with Cameron’s public school chums AKA the Conservative Party
4. Under a Liberal Democrat Council for goodness knows how long all KOT residents now pay the highest Council Tax in London yet there are next to no public toilets in the Borough and no public parking for Motorcycles in New Malden – Pathetic!
5. Rose Theatre. Funded partially by the Liberal Democrat Council against the wishes of many a council tax payer in Kingston Upon Thames. The fayre served up is bland middle class rubbish deliberately aimed by a seemingly load of geriatric luvvies at alienating 90% of mainstream choice within the Borough. It must be obvious – use the ruddy facility for mainstream taste!
6. Cyril Smith – Another Liberal Democrat who appears to have been abusing young children. It seems to me the Liberal Democrat Party is a magnet to sexual deviants and perverts. Watch this space - it appears that portly Cyril may out-do Jimmy Saville?
7. Lord Renard- accused by his fellow female Liberal Democrat party members of abusing his power of office by touching them up on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for him not many takers (apparently - so the aforementioned ladies say)
8. Edward Davey’s hypocrisy proven by him removing from his website evidence of his long term stance against nuclear energy just prior to his recent massive U turn as part of the CON-DEMS. Come the next general election he will in any case be toast and mainly because all the left thinking voters in the borough are going to vote Tory. My view is that it is better to deal with an outright Tory than a Lib Dem traitor AKA our beloved (Not Anymore!) Member of parliament, the right deceitful (in my view) Edward Davey
9. Mike Hancock – Liberal Democrat MP in Portsmouth. I understand from the press he is going to probably face charges of sexually assaulting one of his constituents. Portsmouth Council already have, so I understand, held a damning internal enquiry. I suppose the upside for the Lib Dems is that it could prove to be a misunderstanding as was initially thought with Derek Osbourne
10. Finally there is the inconsequential former leader of the party who was a self confessed drunk. He was so second rate that I can only remember his first name …Charles ????. I suppose the current leader will go down in history as Nick Wotisname? – you know David Cameron’s stooge – you know the one who got ripped up on TV by Nigel Watisname? Perhaps they were related
Very relevant article - refer to item 5 below. Another money losing waste of time production at the Rose. Nude women mud wrestling events would probably be quite popular and profitable in comparison albeit they have no cultural worth whatsoever. What do want a high brow cultural financial flop or a base cultural / predominantly mainstream events that prevent public subsidies being required? I vote for the latter and will at my own expense provide the mud 10 Issues concerning the Liberal Democrats that make them (IMHO) the laughing stock of Politics 1. Derek Osbourn- Long time leader of the KOT council who while in office was later found to be a proven ‘ring master’ of a paedophile group . Now serving a richly deserved jail sentence after being convicted as a paedophile 2. Nick Clegg being humiliated by Nigel Farage in the recent televised debates 3. The Liberal Democrats betraying their traditional left wing voters by forming the CON-DEM Government with Cameron’s public school chums AKA the Conservative Party 4. Under a Liberal Democrat Council for goodness knows how long all KOT residents now pay the highest Council Tax in London yet there are next to no public toilets in the Borough and no public parking for Motorcycles in New Malden – Pathetic! 5. Rose Theatre. Funded partially by the Liberal Democrat Council against the wishes of many a council tax payer in Kingston Upon Thames. The fayre served up is bland middle class rubbish deliberately aimed by a seemingly load of geriatric luvvies at alienating 90% of mainstream choice within the Borough. It must be obvious – use the ruddy facility for mainstream taste! 6. Cyril Smith – Another Liberal Democrat who appears to have been abusing young children. It seems to me the Liberal Democrat Party is a magnet to sexual deviants and perverts. Watch this space - it appears that portly Cyril may out-do Jimmy Saville? 7. Lord Renard- accused by his fellow female Liberal Democrat party members of abusing his power of office by touching them up on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for him not many takers (apparently - so the aforementioned ladies say) 8. Edward Davey’s hypocrisy proven by him removing from his website evidence of his long term stance against nuclear energy just prior to his recent massive U turn as part of the CON-DEMS. Come the next general election he will in any case be toast and mainly because all the left thinking voters in the borough are going to vote Tory. My view is that it is better to deal with an outright Tory than a Lib Dem traitor AKA our beloved (Not Anymore!) Member of parliament, the right deceitful (in my view) Edward Davey 9. Mike Hancock – Liberal Democrat MP in Portsmouth. I understand from the press he is going to probably face charges of sexually assaulting one of his constituents. Portsmouth Council already have, so I understand, held a damning internal enquiry. I suppose the upside for the Lib Dems is that it could prove to be a misunderstanding as was initially thought with Derek Osbourne 10. Finally there is the inconsequential former leader of the party who was a self confessed drunk. He was so second rate that I can only remember his first name …Charles ????. I suppose the current leader will go down in history as Nick Wotisname? – you know David Cameron’s stooge – you know the one who got ripped up on TV by Nigel Watisname? Perhaps they were related Voice of Reason & U Know It
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