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War of the Worlds meets The Tempest!

Angus girl Sara-Anne Masson in a scene from The Sea which runs at Dundee Colleges The Space this week.

Angus girl Sara-Anne Masson in a scene from The Sea which runs at Dundee Colleges The Space this week.

DUNDEE College acting and performance students are offering an absurd comedy with their production of The Sea, by Edward Bond.

Described by director, John Mitchell, as a sort of War of the Worlds meets The Tempest, the lecturer goes on to define Bond’s play as a Chekovian comedy.

He said: “Written in the 1970s the play is set in a coastal village during the Edwardian era – about the same time as H G Wells’ War of the Worlds. While the play starts with a tragedy, a man drowning at sea during a storm, how the eccentric characters deal with the aftermath of this event certainly has its moments of pathos as well as high farce. The comedy is delivered to the audience through the absurdity of characters who take themselves far too seriously. Ultimately, Bond’s play is a coruscating attack on that most venerable of British institutions – the class system.”

Two of Bond’s more extreme creations are Hatch, a mad draper who believes that insidious aliens are trying to invade the minds of the locals; and Mrs Rafi, the local lady of the manor who enjoys torturing the lower classes in general, just because she can, and Hatch in particular.

A total of 15 first-year HND students are involved in the production at The Space, Dundee College Kingsway Campus, which sets the action firmly on the east coast of Scotland.

The Sea runs from Wednesday to Friday, April 24-27, curtain up, 7.30pm: tickets are free on the door on the night (subject to availability), bar open from 7pm. There is also an extra matinee performance on Friday at 1.30pm.

 

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