OSCAR Wilde’s short story, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, with its ridiculous plot has been given an even more outlandish treatment by Manchester based Rocket Theatre who are appearing at the Lantern Theatre, Nether Edge, this weekend.
It tells of an aristocrat who on heeds a premonition by a medium that he is about to commit a murder on the eve of his wedding and attempts to get the deed over before the nuptuals. The tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder is turned into an absurdist black comedy.
Their version is a two-man show with Martin Harris, artistic director of Rocket Theatre, playing Lord Arthur and Chris Bridgman as his trusty valet Middlewick. As Lord Arthur recounts the story, the valet is coerced into playing a variety of roles – male and female!) - as sinister secrets are revealed.
“It’s a great black comedy, full of Wilde’s wit and humour,” avvording to Harris. “It’s a real treat for Wilde lovers and is really accessible, we perform at both private and public events. It’s a really flexible show and it can be staged in traditional theatres with audiences in their hundreds right down to someone’s living room - we recently performed for a private party of just a dozen!”
The Lantern, which is perhaps halfway between the two, will have performances of Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are £9.50 from 2551776 or www.lanterntheatre.org.