You won't 'Corpse' but you may die laughing at Richmond!

Review by David Munro

IN THEATRICAL parlance, to corpse is when an actor giggles at something or someone during a performance. (Sir John Gielgud was a notorious corpser). Presumably, Gerald Moon used the title as a pun for his comedy thriller in which death and dead bodies are just an excuse for a laugh.

I will not spoil your fun by trying to explain the plot of Corpse at Richmond Theatre, until November 9. Suffice it to say that Mark Mcgann plays two brothers, one poor and one rich, and that sibling rivalry is exploited to an improbable, implausible and ultimately enjoyable farcical conclusion.

The action - and there is a lot of it - takes place in an ingenious set, designed by Elroy Ashmore, representing the homes of both brothers, rich and poor, and it is a credit to the director, Robin Herford, that this artifice never grates, but fits naturally with the vagaries of the plot.

It is also a credit to him and his cast that although this is not a new play (it has been doing the rounds since 1982), it has a freshness of approach that justifies this revival.

Apart from Mark Mcgann's extremely applaudable performance, there are equally enjoyable ones from Colin Baker, who played the twins in 1987, and now gives impetus to the part of the Major who stirs the pot whenever it seems to be going off the boil, and Louise Jameson, as the landlady of the poor twin, who becomes inextricably involved in his machinations to better himself.

As I have indicated, it would spoil your enjoyment to disclose what these are and I would recommend that you make your way to Richmond Green before the end of the week to find out for yourself. You won't 'Corpse' but you may die laughing.

Corpse by Gerald Moon, Directed by Robin Herford, Designer Elroy Ashmore, Lighting Jack Thompson, Sound Rod Mead WITH: Mark McGann, Colin Baker, Louise Jameson, David Warwick, presented at Richmond Theatre until November 9 at 7.45pm (Matinees Wednesday/Saturday at 2.30pm).