With four Stagestruck productions under my belt – as part of the audience – I haven’t yet gone home feeling disappointed. And last Friday was no exception, either. However, this time, the group surpassed themselves. Their staging of Carry on Pompeii, set in 79 A.D. just before Mount Vesuvius erupted, was incredible. And I’m certain that the rest of the audience that were there that night would agree with me, as the theatre was buzzing with excitement as we all headed for the exit at the end.
This comedy had it all – stellar acting from the whole cast, tear-jerking and moving renditions of well-known songs including “I Am What I Am” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, a tight script that kept us enthralled and entertained right from the start until the very last word, and some of the most hilarious, jaw-dropping comedy lines that made us howl with laughter and often left us thinking, “Did they really say/do that on stage?”
Even as the audience were introduced to some of the characters – Hernia, Sextus Magnus, Insania, Frigida, Purvio and Geriatricus, to name a few – the mere uttering of their names had the audience in stitches.
And like the well-known Carry On films on the tele, the mix of farce, double entendre, slapstick, parody, sexual innuendo and mild nudity was abundant – just perfect for a Friday night’s entertainment.
Keep up the good work, Stagestuck. Am already looking forward to the pantomime in November.