Grantham Dramatic Society’s cheeky Roman farce finally arrives on stage

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The Grantham Dramatic Society’s next production – Vice Versa – opens at the Guildhall Arts Center on Wednesday, November 17, after nearly two years.

The wacky comedy, set in ancient Rome, finally hits the stage after being cut short by theaters shutting down during the pandemic.

Described by the group as “a good crude Roman novel”, the production promises an evening of giggles and blushes with a multitude of flamboyant characters.

– Paul Connor, Deborah Hart, Stephen Marsland, Tricia Burney-Davis. Credit: Naomi O’Halloran (52877007)

The story follows a enslaved concubine and a servant trying to escape the clutches of General Braggadocio, a pompous and lewd tyrant.

With the help of a dashing elderly magistrate, a mischievous pet monkey, and an imaginary parent from Greece, they hatch a clever plan to escape.

The play was originally scheduled to be performed in May 2020, but had to be canceled when theaters were closed due to Covid-19.

Grantham Dramatic Society.  Credit: Tom McKay (52877013)
Grantham Dramatic Society. Credit: Tom McKay (52877013)

Co-director Allison Allen said, “We started rehearsing for this show in January 2020, so by the time we perform it will be in the works for almost two years.

“We’ve had casting changes and a lot of blood, sweat and tears over the months, but it’s such an entertaining play that we were determined to put it on the stage.

“This is exactly the kind of show that we love and we know our audience will enjoy it too.

Co-director Mark Brown added, “As soon as we read Inside Out, we knew we had to play it. I would describe it as a cross between Up Pompeii and our previous hit show, One Man, Two Guvnors.

There is a lot of prank, bawdy humor and you won’t believe some of the character names!

Vice Versa is written by Phil Porter, who has written for many of the UK’s largest and most respected theaters, and was originally commissioned and performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“Vice Versa” takes place at the Guildhall Arts Center from November 17-20, with the curtain up at 7:30 p.m. every night. Tickets are on sale now at the Guildhall Arts Center on 01476 406158 (the ticket line is

open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), book online via www.guildhallartscentre.com/whats-on or email box1@southkesteven.gov.uk.

Tickets: £ 10 and £ 8 reduced. This production contains quite naughty nature scenes, which may not be suitable for a younger audience.

GDS always welcomes new members and encourages people from all walks of life who are interested

at the theater and make new friends to get in touch via www.granthamdramaticsociety.co.uk or

info@granthamdramaticsociety.co.uk.




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