By Deborah McAndrew
Freely adapted from The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman
Directed by Conrad Nelson
Designed by Dawn Allsopp
Lighting by Mark Howland
Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes
Simeon Duff is unemployed, broke and desperate. His wife works. He’s lost all self esteem.
He’s on the scrap heap and wants to end it all
… and so begins this brilliantly insane comedy about a man on the edge.
When word gets out that Duff is going to top himself, a host of ne’er-do-wells crawl out of the woodwork, each wanting to claim his grand gesture for their ‘noble cause’. Let’s face it, why waste a death? But which cause shall it be … love, politics, religion, or the rising price of fish? Will the disillusioned Duff go through with it? Watch and see … the suspense will kill you, if you don’t die laughing first.
Conrad Nelson directs a large cast of actor musicians in a riotous evening of comic mayhem and exquisite farce, complete with a gypsy band and heavenly choir. Think Rising Damp meets Father Ted.
“A stunning production” The Stage (on The Canterbury Tales, directed by Conrad Nelson)
Northern Broadsides in partnership with Harrogate Theatres
Opened at Harrogate Theatre on 6th September 2013 then toured nationally until 30th November 2013
Tour Dates – Autumn 2013
6-21 Sept at 7.30 (Mat: 14 & 21 Sept at 2.30)
Theatre Royal Winchester
24-28 Sept at 7.30pm (Mat: 26 Sep at 1.30pm & 28 Sep at 2.30pm)
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
1-5 Oct at 7.45pm (Mat: 3 & 5 Oct at 2pm)
Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
15-19 Oct at 7.30pm (Mat: 17 & 19 Oct at 2pm)
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
22-26 Oct at 7.30pm (Mat: 26 Oct at 2.15pm)
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
29 Oct-9 Nov (Mat: 2 & 9 Nov at 2.15pm – No performance on 11 Nov)
12-16 Nov at 7.30pm (16 Nov at 5.30pm; Mat: 14 Nov at 1.30pm & 16 Nov at 2pm)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
19-23 Nov – (Mat; 21 Nov at 1.30pm & 23 Nov at 2.30pm)
Viaduct Theatre, Halifax
26-30 Nov at 7.30pm (Mat; 30 Nov at 2.30pm)