What the Butler Saw

FARCE—the edge of acceptable
Other plays include Entertaining Mr Sloane, Funeral Games, Loot, The Good and Faithful Servant and The Visitors.

Joe Orton’s

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW

DIRECTOR LIZ BRADLEY

30 JULY—15 AUGUST 2020
Season: Wed - Sat, 8pm
Matinees: 8, 9, 15 August, 2pm

 

* (Education/Director, Cast and Crew  Briefing following Preview Performance 30 July)

Orton’s masterpiece of farce is set in a psychiatrist’s office, in which sanity is hard to come by.

Dr. Prentice, a doctor in an exclusive private clinic, is attempting to interview (and seduce) an attractive would-be secretary. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs. Prentice, being seduced and blackmailed by a young bellhop, has promised him the secretarial post.  When a government inspector arrives, chaos, underpants and crossdressing lead the charge. The final tableau reveals ‘the missing parts of Winston Churchill’ held aloft as the curtain falls.  The play takes the conventions of the genre and blows them up. Orton’s take on farce is subversive — not merely fast-paced, but anarchic.  “Hilarious, outrageous...It dazzles!...Wonderfully verbal, toying with words as if they were firecrackers.” The New York Times

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