MAD bring another classic to the stage

FOLLOWING their run with the much-loved ‘Dad’s Army’, Monifieth Amateur Dramatics are back with another British classic.

‘Fawlty Towers’ has been on the cards for some time within the group, whose members are doing their best to come up with favourite shows for their loyal audiences to enjoy.

The cast have been having tremendous fun at rehearsals but when you think that several generations of the entire nation seem to know these scripts off by heart, it’s an added pressure on the cast to learn their lines.

MAD have chosen to perform two episodes, ‘The Builders’ and ‘The Germans’; plus a collection of one or two other famous scenes from over the years, which will include ‘Basil The Rat’ and ‘Communication Problems’ with Manuel’s famous ‘Si ! – Que? – What?’ conversation with the very deaf and extremely difficult-to-please Mrs Richards.

For those not familiar with the show, ‘Fawlty Towers’ is a hotel in Torquay, run by the husband and wife team, Basil and Sybil Fawlty.

They’ve hired a waiter named Manuel (he’s from Barcelona) and a fully-qualified painter/level-headed waitress, Polly Sherman.

Basil Fawlty is just one of life’s unlucky people. In any given situation, if something can go wrong, it will.

Stuart Anthony shows great skill as the infamous Basil demonstrating every emotion under the sun from despair to pride, rage to panic, not to mention what appears to some German guests as downright lunacy.

Sybil is played with shrew-like perfection by Nicky Stewart, whose versatility within MAD productions is legendary.

With alarming regularity, MAD stalwart, Craig Low lands parts which involve ‘doing his own stunts’ as he is bullied, beaten and generally throws himself about the stage.

This one is no exception as he is the ever-willing but extremely confused Manuel.

Moira Gee plays Polly, who she describes as ‘the only sane member of staff in the hotel’.

Long-term guests Major Gowan, Miss Gatsby and Miss Tibbs are played by Donald Fraser, Christian Gourlay and Christine Fyffe.

Fawlty Towers is the next in a tremendous year for MAD. This will be followed by Tim Firth’s ‘Calendar Girls’ in September.

There will be six performances of ‘Fawlty Towers’. Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 14, 15 and 16, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 21, 22 and 23.

All performances begin at 7.30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Tickets are £8 and £6 for concession and are available from Yorkshire Building Society in Broughty Ferry and Troup Pharmacy in Monifieth.

For more information contact 01382 535003.