Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Melbourne

One Man Two Guvnors

Adamson Theatre Company
One Man Two Guvnors

By Richard Bean, based on the 17th century play ‘A Servant of Two Masters’ by Carlo Goldini

Since its West End premiere in 2011, this modern version of seventeenth century commedia dell ‘arte has been a hit world-wide, winning numerous coveted drama awards. The art of stage farce is challenging, and our talented cast of senior school students is well and truly up for it, relishing an opportunity to engage with the robust physical antics and sharp dialogue of this classic comic genre.

It’s Brighton England, 1963, and an out-of-work skiffle player, his musical days numbered, has two employers: one a gangster, the other an upper class twit (no English farce is complete without one). He must make sure they never meet – and neither is exactly who they seem to be, which also unleashes some hilarious, and rather unexpected, gender confusion. 

Then, throw all of the following (and more besides) into this potentially catastrophic mix: a local mobster improbably called Charlie Duck, an over-the-top amateur actor, several letters, a very heavy trunk, a couple of audience volunteers shamefully put in harm’s way, a confused elderly waiter, a bookkeeper called Dolly, and some extravagant obsessions with food.

And there’s music too, for those who care to indulge in the lost delights of the skiffle band. All in all, it’s a wonderful formula for comic mayhem.  

Warning: This show contains mature content and themes that are not suitable for younger members of the community. 

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