This week, MK theatre is graced with the outrageously funny Play That Goes Wrong, produced by Mischief Theatre. If you’re a fan of light-hearted, silly and a little bit slapstick humour in the style of Faulty Towers then this is the play for you. Although I chuckled throughout, it’s not usually my style of humour – my husband however, was in stitches from the moment we took our seats! A thoroughly enjoyable evening and a big well done to all the cast. Actors that are clearly passionate and having a blast on stage, makes for such good entertainment.
There is a well-thought-out stage set which gradually gets demolished throughout and they keep you on your toes with certain things going wrong that you’re expecting to complete random twists that you wouldn’t anticipate.
This comedy follows amateur theatre group, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, as they attempt to put on the thriller, ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’ and needless to say – nothing goes to plan. The audience is drawn in before the show even starts with the ‘stage crew’ fixing broken doors and trying to find Winston the dog. They lose props, forget lines, things fall, get spilt or broken but somehow, they make it to the end!
It was fun to experience an almost back-stage style performance with sneak peeks of actors psyching themselves up before going on stage and improvising with the wrong props or lines – things which I’m certain must happen throughout rehearsals for any show. It’s also what makes theatre so fascinating – unlike television shows, where the actors have had chance to re-take the scene and all has been edited before we see it – on the stage, it’s completely live and if an actor forgets their lines – better start improvising!
Go see this play if a) you have a sense of humour and/or b) you’d like to exercise your abs.
For tickets, go to www.atgtickets.com