In the early 1960s Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore took the theatre world by storm with the groundbreaking revue Beyond The Fringe. Now, over half a century later, Uppingham Theatre Company will be looking to whip up at least a strong breeze with Beyond The Pail, a sequel – of sorts. This one-act comedy is full to the brim with pun and pottiness. If wordplay and nonsense are your cup of tea, you'll love drinking it in.
Beyond The Pail is a vehicle for a rat-a-tat-tat exchange of quips and gags between two working thesps, who interact in goonish fashion with five other characters in a hotel. Where Beyond The Fringe succeeded with its satire, Beyond The Pail aims to do so with some comforting comparisons with Carry On comedy, its wealth of wacky one-liners and a selection of silly songs. It may not be summer but with this amount of deadpun humour the air is still barmy here.