MAD antics take a trick at Fawlty Towers

The MAD cast of their new production Faulty Towers during rehersals on Wednesday evening.
The MAD cast of their new production Faulty Towers during rehersals on Wednesday evening.

The curtains at Monifieth Theatre opened on Thursday night for the first of six performances of ‘Fawlty Towers’.

The show ran on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and restarted last night. It continues tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

As might have been expected, the combination of John Cleese and Connie Booth’s hilarious script and the talent of Monifieth Amateur Dramatic did not disappoint.

The set, though simplified, was instantly recognisable and the audience was welcomed into the familiar reception at ‘Fawlty Towers’, enjoying two hilarious episodes, first ‘The Builders’ and then ‘The Germans’.

Director Libby Barton compiled a collection of sketches from various episodes, which the cast performed just before the interval.

These included some of the funniest moments and convoluted conversations from ‘Basil The Rat’, ‘The Wedding Party’ and ‘Communication Problems’.

The smoothness of the complicated scene changes was impressive, demonstrating yet again the organisational skill of MAD stage management and backstage crew.

Stuart Anthony, as Basil, demonstrates perfect body language in this, his first lead role and he has obviously worked hard to pitch his voice in excellent imitation of the original. His irritation with everyone around him is extremely convincing.

In an expert piece of casting, Sybil is played by Nicky Stewart, whose slight stature next to Basil’s height gives a wonderful visual contrast between the constantly-sparring husband and wife. Nicky’s performance as ‘The Dragon’ is excellent.

Polly, the long-suffering waitress is played by Moira Gee, who flits on and off the stage a bewildering number of times, trying to placate, distract and organise everyone around her and diffuse every potentially explosive situation!

Craig Low gives an admirable performance as the amiable, eager- to-help Manuel, expertly capturing his accent and confused expression throughout.

There are still tickets (£8 and £6 concession) available for performances tonight (Friday) and tomorrow night.

These can be purchased from Yorkshire Building Society, Broughty Ferry, and Troup Pharmacy in Monifieth, or at the door which opens at 7 p.m. on performance evenings. Performances begin at 7.30 p.m.