Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Comedy capers as The Doppel Gang comes to Liverpool
Provided By: The Lantern Theatre Liverpool
A new comedy play inspired by the legendary Marx Brothers embarks on a nationwide tour this autumn and is stopping off at The Lantern Theatre Liverpool on Saturday September 12. Just Some Theatre Company are the talented young bunch behind The Doppel Gang, a new comedy by Dominic Hedges which will tour 12 venues between September and November.
The Doppel Gang combines the wild wit of iconic comedy giants The Marx Brothers – Groucho, Harpo and Chico – with generous helpings of British humour and humility.
War wages in Europe, while back in Blighty a group of entertainers battle to save a theatre from closure by masquerading as The Marx Brothers. As the Blitz tears through London, a hopeless theatre manager, Lombard, persuades a desperate double act, Tommy and Cyril and not-so-convincing male impersonator Rachel to join him in an audacious stunt; one last roll of the dice to save his building and boost morale.
The curtain is about to rise, but so are the stakes as an unprecedented series of revelations leads to an exhilarating chain of events. Will anyone believe they are the real Marx Brothers?
Playwright Dominic Hedges commented: “There are so many similarities between our comedy and that of our American cousins. We both think we're hilarious and we both think we're smarter than one another. Groucho Marx's lightning wit vs Eric Morecambe's wry asides for instance. I guess I've tried to pit us up against them, all the while hiding ourselves from the horrible reality of our Second World War surroundings. It's as though the faster we talk, the less life is real.”
Just Some Theatre Company have also set up a Crowd Funder page to assist in their ongoing costs of producing and touring a new piece of work and would welcome your help. If you pledge a £10 donation then you will receive a ticket for the show in a venue of your choice. A donation can be made by clicking on the Crowd Funder link at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-doppel-gang.