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Up Pompeii

3:50pm 10th April 2017

The Ebor Players are putting on Up Pompeii this year. Lurcio, the Head Slave, made famous by Frankie Howerd, is played by David Rose. David writes about the star and the production 100 years after Howerd was born in York


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David says

The Ebor Players have been producing pantomimes in Bishopthorpe for over 22 years. Every year the pantomime is a great success and in 2015, we decided to branch out and try a spring production. We chose 'Allo 'All which was a real hit and extremely well received, so much so that we wanted to do something in a similar vein this year.

We chose Up Pompeii! Not only is it an extremely funny play but it also commemorates the 100th birthday of Frankie Howerd who was born in York and lived for a short time at 53 Hartoft Street. (The cast is seen in the main picture with the Lord Mayor of York in April)

The play is directed by Philippa Parrish who will also be directing this year's pantomime Rapunzel in December.

Up Pompeii was a huge hit in the 1970's and was written specifically for the comedic talents of Frankie Howerd after Michael Mills, the then head of BBC comedy saw Frankie Howerd in the London stage musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

In 1988, Howerd asked, Miles Tredinnick, one of his writers, to write an up to date stage version of Up Pompeii! but the play was shelved when Howerd went on to reprise his role as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Piccadilly.

The stage play was eventually revised and updated and had its premiere in January 2011.

The play sees Lurcio the slave, Senna the Soothsayer, Ammonia, Voluptua and the rest of the cast hilariously romping through ancient Pompeii with jokes, puns, innuendo, and misunderstandings a-plenty.

As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house. Why does Ludicrus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife return so quickly from the country? Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius’s love poetry improve?

The answers can be found at Bishopthorpe Village Hall from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th May at 7.30pm Seating will be cafe style with the opportunity to purchase wine and food. We are also encouraging people to dress up in their 'Roman finery' and there will be a prize each night for the best dressed Roman or slave! Tickets priced at £10.00 can be bought online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ebor-players, or by calling in to Bishopthorpe Village Hall on Sunday afternoons during rehearsals.

The play features 11 characters in all, played by:

Lurcio - Head Slave David Rose
Ludicrus Sextus - A Senator Dave Hardman
Ammonia - His Wife Miranda Thew
Erotica - Their Daughter Steph Marshall
Nausius - Their Son Paul Brook
Corneous - A Footman Alex Schofield
Suspenda - A Well Known Nymphomaniac Sarah Frankland
Voluptua - A Slave Girl Helen Dowson
Senna - A Soothsayer Lisa Beadle
Treacherus - A Slave Master Jack Lay-Flurrie
Kretinus - His Inept Assistant Josh Wren


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