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Lost in Colomendy

“Five go mad in wales in this knockabout comedy”
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A childhood trip to the North Wales holiday camp of Colomendy has been a rite of passage for generations of Liverpudlians.

Its stories, myths and shared experiences are all ripe for dramatising. And some of those real-life memories have found their way into Nicky Allt’s amiable new comedy in which a group of hapless Englishmen go up a hill and make a real mountain out of the experience.

Allt has crafted a Lord of the Flies-style disaster epic in which a teambuilding exercise tests both the strength of character and the bonds of friendship between four middle-aged men, pals since boyhood, who begin the play loitering away in the gardening department of B&Q where they work.

The DIY giant is realised in Alfie Heywood’s ambitious revolve set, which also includes a grubby dorm – garnering murmurs of recognition from the audience, and a triumphant representation of Moel Famau complete with a criss-cross of pathways and perspectives.

Paul Goetzee, making his main-stage debut after directing several shows in the downstairs Studio, drives the action at a brisk pace, particularly once the workshy quartet and their exasperated manager (Jane Hogarth) arrive on the rain-swept Welsh slopes.

It’s not particularly subtle – there are double entendres straight out of the 1970s and some (albeit very funny) cartoon violence, while the characters are painted in broad brushstrokes.

But Allt has created a robust narrative structure punctuated by episodes of gasp-out-loud comedy. And he has a keen ear for affectionate banter between friends, delivered with a real air of authenticity by the cast.

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Production Details
Production nameLost in Colomendy
VenueRoyal Court
LocationLiverpool
StartsJanuary 31, 2020
EndsFebruary 29, 2020
Running time2hrs 5mins
AuthorNicky Allt
DirectorPaul Goetzee
Set designerAlfie Heywood
Lighting designerIan Scott
Sound designerKate Harvey
CastAlan Stocks, Paul Duckworth, Jane Hogarth, John Evans, Liam Tobin
Stage managerEmily Bagshaw, Matthew Jones
ProducerRoyal Court Liverpool
VerdictFive go mad in Wales in this knockabout comedy of errors
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Catherine Jones

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