by Perry Pontac
We are well into rehearsals for our first production since lockdowns came into force last year! We shall be performing two plays from Codpieces by Perry Pontac: Hamlet, Part II and Prince Lear.
They have been regularly performed on BBC radio and lend themselves perfectly for a filmed production. The playlets are parodies told in the form of prefaces and continuations: what happens after a returning ambassador turns up at the end of Hamlet or before Lear takes it into his head to share out his kingdom? Perry Pontac is an American who has lived and worked in London for over forty years and frequently works in radio drama. All of thirteen plays he has so far written for radio, exploit extreme situations and ornate language for comic purposes. With lines spoken of the late Laertes it could well be Shakespeare –
‘A corpse who even now
Is freshly festering in a nearby grave
With all the zest of youth’
These plays are not for the exclusivity of Shakespeare lovers but for those who enjoy absurdist comedy and brilliant writing. So, if you are wondering about the state of Denmark after Hamlet’s demise and how King Lear was duped into dividing up his kingdom book your tickets now!
We are delighted to be performing in a new venue: Codsall & Wergs Garden Centre. Parking is ample and there are no steps to negotiate. The seating is cabaret-style.