Denton West Amateur Dramatic Society brings the hilarious hit stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo to Denton West Community Centre, Hulme Road, Denton, this week.
The production has a cast of 15 and is a major undertaking for the society, with talented cast members from Droylsden, Hyde and Romiley all coming together to lend a hand.
The production is part directed by Dorothy Wilkinson and Seb Lessandro (who also takes the part of the ‘leader of the brave Italian forces’, Captain Alberto Bertorelli).
Based on the hugely successful British television series, which ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of hapless cafe owner, Rene, in occupied France.
Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft’s script includes all of the favourite TV characters, including Rene’s tone-deaf wife Edith, Major-General von Klinkerhoffen and the Gestapo officer Herr Flick!
Rene and Edith have stashed a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis in a sausage in their cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the Resistance can repatriate them.
Communications with London using the wireless that is disguised as a cockatoo add to the many
embarrassments this intrepid proprietor endures in the company of his patrons.
While news that the Fuhrer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to frequent the cafe as Rene summons all the wit he can muster to save his cafe – and his life.
Society secretary Sue Stagg explained all the money raised by the
society goes towards helping with the upkeep of the community centre.
The centre itself is home to numerous groups and organisations.
“It is hoped the popular choice of the play will boost those fundraising efforts significantly this time,” said Sue.
“And because ‘Allo ‘Allo is so well loved we will be running the show for four consecutive nights.”
Tameside Reporter Editor Nigel Skinner has been busy growing his moustache for the last few months as he rejoins DWADs to play the central character role of Rene Artois.
“It’s an honour to be asked to play one of my childhood heroes with such a talented team,” said Nigel.
“I grew up with ‘Allo ‘Allo on the box and loved the shows – and the characters – not just Rene but Crabtree the policeman and Leclerc.
“Everyone’s been working really hard to put on a great show.
“Although I think everyone in the office will be glad when it’s over and I stop wishing them all ‘good moaning!’”
The production plays nightly at 7.30pm from Wednesday, April 4, to Saturday, April 7, at Denton West Community Centre, Hulm Road, Denton.
For tickets (£7 or £6 concessions), call 0161 430 7603 or 07960 334466. Alternatively call in at the Dane Bank Pet Shop, Hulme Road. Tickets are also available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org