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Plenty of action and laughs in clever rugby comedy at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 17:05 06 October 2011

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch Sept 2011
UP 'N' Under by John Godber   Directed by Bob Carlton
Designed by Christine Bradnum   Lighting by Paul Stone
Jared Ashe is Frank Tom Jude Is Steve  Simon Jessop is Arthur 
Karen Fisher-Pollard Is Hazel    Mark Stanford is Phil
Callum Hughes is Tony
©NOBBY CLARK
+44(0)7941-515770
+44(0)20-7924-0302
nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch Sept 2011 UP 'N' Under by John Godber Directed by Bob Carlton Designed by Christine Bradnum Lighting by Paul Stone Jared Ashe is Frank Tom Jude Is Steve Simon Jessop is Arthur Karen Fisher-Pollard Is Hazel Mark Stanford is Phil Callum Hughes is Tony ©NOBBY CLARK +44(0)7941-515770 +44(0)20-7924-0302 nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

©Nobby Clark nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

»My knowledge of rugby is very limited, but the Queen’s Theatre’s production of John Godber’s award-winning comedy Up ‘n’ Under gave me an insight into the fast, physical world of the sport.

The production at the theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch was action-packed, fast-paced, and, most importantly, filled with plenty of humour.

It follows the story of Arthur and his bet with old rival Reg that he can lead the hopeless Wheatsheaf Arms to victory.

On the surface it’s simply about rugby but when you get deeper in, it’s filled with heaps of stuff about human emotions and relationships.

It has everything that you would expect from a group of men playing rugby, including its fair share of swearing and some nudity.

The exciting story was brought to life with a team of just six talented actors who used their creativity to add the humour to the scenes.

The intensity of the production was heightened thanks to the simple but effective set design – two benches and a silhouette background which was easily turned into a rugby pitch, the pub and the changing rooms.

Up ‘n’ Under is traditional comedy at its best.

The show runs at the Queen’s Theatre until Saturday, October 15. Tickets are £15 to £24 from 01708 443333.

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