The Lying Kind and The Priory - Lion and Unicorn
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
KDC Theatre is presenting two productions at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, The Lying Kind (November 27 to December 1) and The Priory (December 4 to December 8, 2012).
The Lying Kind is set on Christmas Eve, when well-meaning but inept coppers Blunt and Gobbel have one last job for the night – to tell impossibly old couple Garson and Balthasar that their only daughter has died in a car crash.
Understandably they’re not too keen on the idea and when they finally get the words out, Garson and Balthasar get completely the wrong end of the stick. Desperate to set the record straight the blundering twosome set in motion a chain of unexpected events which need covering up, and quickly.
Mild-mannered Reverend Shandy has popped round to offer his condolences, potty-mouthed vigilante Gronya is on the hunt for the local paedophile, and her equally unpleasant daughter just so happens to have the same name as the deceased.
Emma Knott and Daniel West direct a cast that includes Ronan Fitzgerald, James Laing, Tracey Pocock, Bernie Doogan, Dawn Williams, Richard Evans and Imogen Levy.
First performed at the Royal Court in 2002, The Lying Kind is described as a deliciously dark farce. For this production, KDC Theatre was inspired by comedy such as League of Gentlemen, Black Books, Monty Python and Morecambe and Wise.
The Priory is set on New Year’s Eve and reunites a group of friends from university in a country retreat. At first, it all seems so appealing but the evening takes surprising, funny and sometimes upsetting turns. The six pals dance, fight, laugh and cry together to kick start the New Year with a bang but, by the end of the night, they receive more than they bargained for.
Michael Wynne’s sharp, intriguing play debuted at the Royal Court in 2009.
Director Charles Golding’s production ‘in the round’ aims to bring an immersive intimacy suitable for a pub theatre venue as well as being more engaging for those watching.
A pared-down set that runs through and across the audience aims to give a naturalistic quality to character movement and changes in time and setting. Technical elements will be minimal as the production seeks to get to the heart of the witty and at times profound script.
The cast includes Adam Moulder, Christopher Warren, Stephen Russell, Neil Duggan, Fran Rafferty, Layla Estasy and Sophie Head. Assistant Director is Douglas Baker.
Tickets (both productions): £8/£12 – available from the box office on 0844 847 1608 or from Ticketweb.
Time (both productions): 7.30pm.