Heretaunga Players' last show for 2012 is Wild Goose Chase by Derek Benfield, a thoroughly silly tale of a photographer masquerading as a castle house guest to elude a pair of evil jewel thieves he has photographed "in the act".
On the run, Chester Dreadnought (Andrew Elzenaar) bluffs his way into the crumbling castle of Lord and Lady Elrood (John Hughes and Helen Chesterman), and even the trigger-happy Earl suffering from hallucinations cannot keep at bay the enterprising jewel thieves (Stephen O'Neill and Greg Judd), who are pursuing the photographic evidence, and Chester, around the castle.
Other house guests include a dotty archaeologist (Angela Calkin Goeres) roaming the corridors searching for Norman remains and a romantically inclined girl (Ashleigh Dixon) who came one Christmas and never went home and lusts after the bumbling village constable (Patrick Butterworth).
Derek Benfield's comedy is a typically British farce.
The jokes are of the groan-inducing variety, the pace is fast, and with a large pinch of the ridiculous, Wild Goose Chase is bound to provoke non-stop laughter.
Directed by Teena Cleary, the show dates are from Wednesday, November 21, till Saturday, December 1, at 8pm, with matinees on Saturday, November 24, and Sunday, November 25, at 4pm (no performance on November 26).
Tickets from Expressions i-SITE (527 2168). Performances are at the Heretaunga Players' Studio in Ward St.
- Upper Hutt Leader