Beck Vincent, Nathan Booth, Belinda Lemair and Michael Smith in The 39 Steps.
Beck Vincent, Nathan Booth, Belinda Lemair and Michael Smith in The 39 Steps. SHELLY HIGGS.

A laugh a minute

LAUGH – I haven’t laughed so much in ages. Four actors in The 39 Steps manage a breathtaking number of costume changes to play more than 100 characters. The costume changes themselves become another running joke.

Now showing at Jetty Memorial Theatre until next weekend, The 39 Steps is a spoof on both the classic novel and Hitchcock thriller of the same name. A massive hit in London’s West End, the comedy was developed by UK playwright Patrick Barlow.

Directed by Amanda Scott for the local Seacrest Productions, the play delivers laughs for the slapstick humour, atrociously-bad accents and the farce of mix-ups.

Two oddly-lingering death scenes generated the largest laughs from the audience in this light-hearted comedy.

Melodrama at its best, The 39 Steps follows the adventures of an idle rich colonial, Richard Hannay, in the tense days leading to war in Britain. When sexy Annabelle Schmidt lurches into his life with stories of murderous spies, Hannay humours her until she dies in, or rather, over his lap. Accused of her murder and on the run from the spies who killed her, he flees his London home to escape capture and expose the spy ring. Contact the box office on 6652 8088 for show times.



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