In stitches of laughter

REVIEW: By Tom Carlisle.

HORNCASTLE Theatre Company’s recent run of ‘When Did You Last See Your Trousers’ proved as farcical as the title suggested as the play was well received by an audience left in stitches after the two hour performance.

Set in London in the late 1980’s, Howard, played by Darren Yates, wakes up in his lover Penny’s, Adele Simpson, flat to find that his clothes have been stolen by a burglar.

The only problem was, he needed to get back to his wife before she found out about his cheating ways.

In his search for clothes, he bumped into punk-rocker Jimmy, Gareth Bates, and his girlfriend Tové - the aptly named Crumpet from Copenhagen played by Shannon Woodley.

The chemistry between Howard and Penny kept the story flowing in Howard’s desperate search for a new suit to get home in - which even involves him breaking into next door’s flat to find some replacement garments.

Set design was well thought out to allow Howard access to next door’s apartment as Deidre’s, Laura Martin, flat could be seen clearly through the back of the set.

There were five working doors and four windows on stage which allowed for fast paced exits and entrances throughout

Howard found himself with no option but to wear Penny’s flatmate’s dress, a wig, and put on a suspiciously foreign accent in a bid to lure neighbour Roland, Andrew Attridge, who was staying at Deidre’s, and his suit into the room.

A policeman who was investigating suspicious activity involving sightings of a man climbing around windows came to the door forcing Howard to hide Roland, who he had knocked out to take his suit, and withstand the policeman’s advances.

Howard’s plan, however, backfired as the Constable, Sam Colley, fell for ‘Margo’ which lead to a hilarious Tango-dancing scene in the second Act.

Undeterred by the revelation that Margo was, in fact, Howard, the Constable continued his advances, which lead to a chase scene involving him, Howard, Deidre and eventually a Gorilla.

The play was also interspersed with appearances from Captain Webber, played by Shaun Bates, who bore a striking resemblance to Lord Flashheart from Blackadder in his over-the-top accent and enthusiasm.

Rounded off by the Inspector, Tommy Peckham, the play comes to a humorous conclusion with a comical insight into police corruption in the 1980s.