Abingdon Drama Club proudly presents ‘Black Comedy’, by Peter Shaffer – the first production to celebrate the group’s 75th anniversary.

From tomorrow until March 16, The Unicorn Theatre will host “75 minutes of pure theatrical pleasure”. This ingenious one-act is based on a single brilliant idea – no pun intended, or is there!?…

When the lights are on in the London flat where the action is set, the stage is in complete darkness. But when there is a power cut and the characters suddenly find themselves groping around in pitch-black darkness, the stage is actually bathed in brilliant light, and the audience can see exactly what is going on.

Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller (Rich Damerell) is about to meet the pompous and wealthy father (Adam Blake) of his new debutante fiancée Carol (Rachel Tranter) and a rich art collector. Since Brindsley’s a struggling artist, and wants to make a good impression, he “borrows” antique furniture from his house-proud neighbour, Harold Gorringe (David Fardon) who is away for the weekend. 

“One of the funniest and most brilliant short plays in the language” – The Sunday Times.

The only problem is that the neighbour returns early, followed by Brindsley’s former and now vengeful girlfriend, Clea (Rebecca Peberdy). Our hero has to try to smuggle the furniture out of the flat while preventing his ex from creating virulent mayhem.Throw in the man from the electricity board (John Hawkins), an ageing spinster (Lynne Smith), errant phone calls and the darkness while Brindsley returns the purloined items to the flat next door before light is restored and you have a brilliant farce.

Director, Susi Dalton, has bagged an exquisitely funny play here and she is masterful in bringing it to the Unicorn stage. She says, “I first heard of the play during a play reading at a drama group I belonged to many years ago. I was immediately taken with it and was delighted to get a part in it. And now thanks to ADC, I’m the Director!

“I love the diversity of the characters which gives the cast scope to really get their teeth into their parts and gives the audience more variety.”