One of Northern Ireland’s leading amateur theatre companies, Armagh Theatre Group, are returning to The Market Place Theatre with Joe Orton’s Loot.
A masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young lads, Dennis and Hal, Dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlour and have returned to Hal’s home to hide-out with the loot. Hal’s mother has just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere in the house.
The plot thickens as her body keeps turning up around the house, the unscrupulous police Inspector Truscott arrives on the scene sowing confusion around him, whilst nurse Fay works her dubious charms on Hal’s dad.
In a short but prolific career Joe Orton shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous award winning black comedy which surprisingly, is as relevant today, as in the “swinging sixties”. First produced in London in 1966, Loot was hailed as “the most genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by a new, young British playwright for a decade” (Sunday Telegraph).
Loot will be staged at The Market Place Theatre in Armagh from Thursday, January 23 to Saturday, January 25 at 8pm each evening. Tickets are priced £10 and £8 (concession), and can be booked by contacting the Box Office on 3752 1821 or online at www.marketplacearmagh.com