Dramatic society’s world tour

The cast members of 'Around the World in 80 Days' are pictured in rehearsal.
The cast members of 'Around the World in 80 Days' are pictured in rehearsal.

Forfar Dramatic Society will be under taking a whistle-stop world tour - from the stage of Forfar’s Reid Hall.

Members will embark on a wild and wacky journey with their latest production, Jules Verne’s classic tale ‘Around the World in 80 Days which will run from May 12-14.

This will be a version of the journey never seen before with three energetic and adaptable actors playing all of the roles as they bring Verne’s book to life.

The “bijou” cast leads to some logistical challenges as they manoeuvre their way through the show, making sure that no more than three characters are ever needed at one time, until the inevitable happens and creative solutions are required.

There is also plenty of scope for the stage crew to engage their imaginations as they conjure up carriages, trains, boats, elephants and the story’s iconic air balloon. This production never stops to draw breath and changes of location, time and mode of transport have to be achieved in an instant.

Toby Hulse’s adaptation has been described as employing a blend of Pythonesque humour and slapstick, to provide a piece of theatre that will appeal to people of all ages. The familiar story is all there – from the initial bet to the final mad dash back to the Reform Club in London to complete the journey. For those not familiar with the book, the story is very clearly told and the audience will be swept along by a combination of the narrative and the production’s sheer energy and vitality.

There will be evening performances on May 12 and 13 with a matinee on the afternoon of Saturday, May 14. There is also a restriction on the seating in the Reid Hall so anyone wishing to attend should get their tickets as soon as possible. They are on sale now and are available from www.forfardramatic.com or Toppers on East High Street.