It’s lights out for Black Comedy gem

Forfar Dramatic Society is to present 'Black Comedy' by Peter Shaffern - a 1960s farce involving a power cut - at Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre from Wednesday to Saturday, November 16 to 19, from 7.30 pm. Pictured during rehearsals are, from left - Ewan Phillip, Susan Steele, Kim Brown, Kay Brown, Graham Hewitson.

Forfar Dramatic Society is to present 'Black Comedy' by Peter Shaffern - a 1960s farce involving a power cut - at Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre from Wednesday to Saturday, November 16 to 19, from 7.30 pm. Pictured during rehearsals are, from left - Ewan Phillip, Susan Steele, Kim Brown, Kay Brown, Graham Hewitson.

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Forfar Dramatic Society presents a gem from what many regard as the golden age of British comedy this week in the Lochside Leisure Centre.

Peter Shaffer’s 1965 classic Black Comedy has become famous for its ingenious use of lighting. The play opens on a darkened stage as sculptor Brindsley and his fiancée Carol prepare for a visit from Bamberger, a millionaire art collector, and Colonel Melkett, Carol’s monstrous father.

To create an impression they have ‘borrowed’ some expensive antiques from neighbour Harold. A few minutes into the play, a fuse blows and the stage lights come on to reveal the couple blindly groping about in a blackout. From then on, the audience sees everything that happens on stage - but the characters don’t - as disaster heaps upon disaster. Harold returns early from his weekend, unaware his furniture has been borrowed.

While Brindsley and Carol try desperately to cover up their deception, Brindley’s ex-mistress slips in unobserved, and what she overhears prompts her to wreak wickedly funny revenge. The darkness provides plenty of opportunity for mistaken identity, mis-poured drinks and an abundance of slapstick before the play ends – literally – in sparks. It’s very absurd and very funny. Black Comedy has delighted audiences for over 40 years, and this production promises to be no exception. It runs from Wednesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 19 at 7.30pm.

Tickets - £8 adult, £6 concession and £2 family (all Wednesday tickets £6) – are available from Toy Castle, Castle Street, Forfar, from Society members, or at the door. Or you can visit www.forfardramatic.com, e-mail forfardramatic@live.co.uk, or ring 01575 570934.