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Written by John O'Keeffe
Directed by Mark Rosenblatt
Designed by Ben Stones
A Bristol Old Vic production
Jack Rover is an actor.
Committed, quick-witted and capable of slipping into a new identity with the merest arc of an eyebrow. The trouble is, there's one character he hasn't quite mastered. His own.
John O'Keeffe's careering caper of cross purposes, mistaken identity and confusion is a classic romp of a comedy, directed by the hugely exciting young director, Mark Rosenblatt (National Theatre), making his Bristol Old Vic debut.
The charismatic, Shakespeare-spouting Rover lurches between places and people, falling in love, pulling pranks and tumbling over relations he never knew he had.
Wild Oats is a riotously comic affair, a high-speed barrel through the lives of a dysfunctional band of friends, foes and family which serves, most triumphantly, as a heartfelt love letter to theatre itself.
Wild Oats runs in rep with Does My Society Look Big In This?
John O'Keeffe's 1791 comedy [is] given a warm and wild makeover in Mark Rosenblatt's exuberant production."
Fine performances abound... there's a warmth and a zest to the production that encourages belly laughs... a canny choice."
Balances just the right amounts of hilarious astonishment and genuine delight."
4 Sep-20 Oct
7.30pm (11 Sep at 7pm)
2.30pm mats every Thu and Sat (except Thu 6 Sept, Sat 8 Sep, Sat 15 Sept, Thu 27 Sep and Thu 4 Oct)
No shows on Sundays or 10, 12, 13, 17 or 19 Oct.
Signed performance: 6 Oct at 2.30pm
Audio described performance: 13 Oct at 2.30pm
SAM ALEXANDER - JACK ROVER
JO HERBERT - LADY AMARANTH
KIM WALL - SIR GEORGE THUNDER / TWITCH
STEWART WRIGHT - JOHN DORY
PHILIP BIRD - EPHRAIM SMOOTH
SION TUDOR OWEN - GAMMON / MR. TRAP / RUFFIAN
DEBRA PENNY - AMELIA / FRIEND SARAH / BABS JOHNSON
CORNELIUS BOOTH - BANKS / MR. LAMP / MUZ
ISAAC STANMORE - SIM / FRIEND ZACHARIAH / RUFFIAN
EMILY MAY SMITH - JANE
HUGH SKINNER - HARRY THUNDER / RUFFIAN
ALL OTHER PARTS PLAYED BY MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY.
Wild Oats rehearsal images: Mark Douet