Catch comedy of cursed cast

The Play That Goes Wrong cast are, at back, from left, Daniel Janks, Sive Gubangxa, Craig Jackson, Stephen Jubber and Richard Lothian. In front are Roberto Pombo, director Alan Committie, Russel Savadier, Nicole Franco, and Bronwyn Gottwald.

The Play That Goes Wrong runs at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay from Wednesday November 1 to Saturday November 18.

Originally created by the Olivier Award-winning London-based Mischief Theatre company, the play is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.

The South African production is produced by Pieter Toerien and directed by funny man Alan Committie.

The play’s action revolves around disasters that befall members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they endeavour to stage a sketchy old whodunnit called Murder at Haversham Manor – the play-within-a-play in The Play That Goes Wrong.

The fictitious play’s cast is a mixed bag of characters, all well meaning but suffering from delusion of grandeur when it comes to their limited acting abilities. Each cast member is, however, determined to get the play across at all costs.

It’s the “all costs” part that makes for an unforgettable night at the theatre.

The silent star of the show is the staging on a seemingly cursed set that appears to sabotage the cast in never getting to the curtain call.

The comedy comes when cast and crew navigate the challenge of obeying the time-honored rules of theatre acting and dealing with every technical mishap to occur in one single performance. Tickets cost from R100 to R220. Book through Computicket or the theatre’s box office on 021 438 3301.