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19th September 2017

Dad’s Army march into Ipswich


Following previous successes with The Vicar of Dibley and Fawlty Towers, Two Rivers Theatre Company are once again bringing iconic television history to the Sir John Mills Theatre with a bang by recreating episodes of the famous BBC TV series Dad’s Army.

The cast of over 20 draws in members from other local amateur dramatic groups. Director, Val Eldridge, has brought together a talented and wide ranging cast from veterans to new recruits making their debut on stage.

Many familiar faces will be marching the boards including the platoon led by Captain Mainwaring, the debonair Wilson, the enthusiastic Jones, the gentle Godfrey, the Scottish fireball Fraser, the wrangling Walker and the hapless Pike all uniting on stage.

Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Dad’s Army ran from 1968-77, with a total of 80 episodes over nine series.

It made household names of many of the leading characters and the ‘Don’t tell him Pike’ scene in which the unit is given the task of standing guard over a German U-boat crew, was voted one of the 10 funniest TV clips in a poll of viewers.

Set during the Second World War, it explored the lives of members of the Home Guard and based its humour on class snobbery, slapstick situations and wartime banter between the main characters.

Val explained that she wants to bring this kind of wartime spirit back to the stage, “Who could ever forget the famous catchphrases such as ‘Don’t panic’, ‘We’re doomed’, and ‘You stupid Boy’? They are synonymous with Dad’s Army and the wartime era. They will be ringing out again in three episodes especially rewritten for the stage by the original writers including; ‘The Deadly Attachment’, ‘Mum’s Army’ and ‘The Godiva Affair’.”

The evening of comedy entertainment will be rounded off with a recreation of ‘The Floral Dance’ performed at the Royal Variety show in 1973 which will see the entire ensemble on stage for a toe tapping performance.

In their 20th year of performances and, with the 50th Anniversary of the first ever episode rapidly approaching, Two Rivers Theatre Company can’t wait to recreate the magic of Dad’s Amy for you!

• Dad’s Army is being performed from Wednesday 13th September to Saturday 17th September 2017 at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich. Tickets priced £9 for adults or £8 for concessions are available from the Box Office, 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday by calling 01473 211498 or online at www.easternangles.co.uk.

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