Dinner theatre comedies will lift doom and gloom

Clonmel Theatre Guild and The Chaotic Theatre Troupe present The Letter, The Ransom and The Lover.

Clonmel Theatre Guild and The Chaotic Theatre Troupe present The Letter, The Ransom and The Lover.

These three short comedies, written by Michael Kennedy, will be performed as part of a dinner theatre evening, with a distinct French and Italian flavour, from Thursday, June 9th to Saturday, 11th, in the intimate surroundings of Raheen House Hotel.

Each piece reflects the role of servants in 17th century France and their schemes to extract some measure of recompense from their masters, in the hope of enhancing their meagre lives.

The acting method is based on Commedia Dell Arte, which highlights the importance of the actor/audience relationship. The interactive style of the performance encourages the audience to empathise with the downtrodden of the play, in their comical quest for a better life. The style originated in Italy around the 16th century. It is a distinctive talent of Commedia actors to improvise comedy by responding to each other, props and the audience reaction from structured plotlines. Commedia Dell Arte is well known for influencing theatrical disciplines, from clowning, mime and slapstick to Shakespeare and Moliere. This theatre form embraces the actor/audience relationship, therefore facilitating an inclusive, energetic and stylish performance.

Tickets at €20 each are available from Marian’s Bookshop, O’Connell Street, Clonmel from next Monday (Tel. 052-6123813).