Southwold Summer Theatre has enjoyed a lively theatre season with several productions from Aldeburgh Classic Theatre. The productions had alternated between the two towns playing weekly at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh and at the Southwold Arts Centre.
‘Men in Suits’, Jason Milligan’s hilarious ‘Godfather-Sopranos’ spoof. Aug 23-27.
Men in Suits is an incredibly stylish and witty spoof on mafia film and TV franchises such as The Sopranos, Goodfellas and of course the immortal Godfather films. Tony, a stranger, turns up in New York at the penthouse of Frankie, an old school mob-boss, and wife Sharon. Tony’s been told to drop in, but finds he might just “accidentally” drop off – the roof! The plot twist introduces a story with genuine emotion and jeopardy. Bit by bit Frankie, who hates fictionalised, imitation Mafiosi, is himself drawn into the world of performance.
‘Academia Nuts’, Gregg Kreutz’s madcap comedy adventure. Aug 30-Sept 3.
Adapted from its American setting to somewhere much more remote and bizarre – a creepy old house in deepest, darkest Norfolk! Here, a professor of poetry is suddenly besieged by a whole group of people looking for a lost manuscript by the world-famous poet who was the original inhabitant. As well as all the laughs, there is a thread of genuine romance running through the play, as a wild, free Essex spirit meets a mild-mannered, if slightly nutty, academic.
‘Killing Time’, Richard Stockwell’s cat and mouse thriller. Sept 5-7.
Originally starring the much-missed Dennis Waterman in the role of Ricky, it’s a mystery thriller with a simple enough setup: a man and a woman meet seemingly by chance and we think they’re both contemplating a random afternoon together. But as secrets are revealed, and the plot, or plots, thicken, their past invades their present in ways neither of them expect. Not until the very last seconds do we discover who will finally come out on top – and even then …