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Preview: Loot by Joe Orton

Oct 19 2006 18:36
Lily Topham
A corpse, a funeral, a large bank robbery, a slightly unhinged policeman and a glass eye??it?s all in an evening?s work!

The first play of the year, Dramsoc's Fresher's play is put on to give anyone who?s new to the society (and those who aren't) a bit of a taster of what we?re capable of.

In the past, Dramsoc's Freshers' plays have included topics as wide and varied as extra-marital affairs and quantum mechanics. This year, Dramsoc is continuing to extend itself into virgin territory (in a manner of speaking...).

So, what?s it about? Well, the play has a bisexual catholic kid who can't lie, his sexually promiscuous undertaker friend, a nurse who has a penchant for (artificially short) marriages and a dead woman's flora-obsessed husband. Add in a policeman, a large quantity of loot resting in a coffin and a corpse standing in a wardrobe and you have a farce that is full of laughs, dark humour and wit.

You?ll also see why Loot was greeted with such outrage by some parts of English society when it was first performed in 1965; its playing with 'human remains' and gleeful celebration of police corruption is just one way that Orton adds more depth to your average farce ? shaking some of our inbuilt preconceptions and challenging the way we look at things.

Come judge for yourself; ? it?s being performed in the Union Concert Hall, 7:30pm, Fri 20th and Sat 21st Oct.

Tickets are £2 or FREE if you have Dramsoc membership (buy online or on the door.)

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Oct 21 2006 22:35

Traditionally Live! reviewed events or previewed them.

It's clear that the guidelines for authors/editors have gone out of the window as this is simply an advert!

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