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CHESTERFIELD: Boeing Boeing takes off at Pomegranate Theatre

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An elegant set with seven doors, a man with three girlfriends on a strict timetable to ensure they never meet, a clumsy but well-meaning friend who adds to the chaos: it’s a familiar formula, and you just know it’s going to end in tears of laughter.

An elegant set with seven doors, a man with three girlfriends on a strict timetable to ensure they never meet, a clumsy but well-meaning friend who adds to the chaos: it’s a familiar formula, and you just know it’s going to end in tears of laughter.

Marc Camoletti’s Boeing Boeing is one of the most memorable of a whole string of farces from the golden age of this ever-popular style of comedy.

Innovative theatre company Talking Scarlet bring it to the Pomegranate this week, in an hilarious retro production littered with ’60s icons: technicolor mini-skirts, TWA flight bag, poster for the first Bond movie, button-backed leather sofa.

Split-second timing is an essential component of farce, and the cast of six have it taped: doors open and characters appear and disappear bang on cue. German Gretchen (Zoie Kennedy) is passionate irascible, French Gabrielle (Ciara Janson) is kittenish, complete with claws, and Gloria (Kim Tiddy) is very... American.

Robert, the friend from the country, (Philip Stewart) is bewildered at first, but soon enters into the spirit of Bernard’s carefully planned life, which is naturally about to fall apart. Ben Roddy’s manic, rapid-fire delivery contrasts wonderfully with Bertha the housekeeper;

Anita Graham is the funniest thing on stage: lugubrious, long-suffering and subtly determined to get her own way.

It runs until Thursday, February 6.

 

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