Following two acclaimed runs at the King's Head Theatre and the White Bear Theatre, The Diary of a Nobody returns for a limited three-week run this November. 4 male actors, 45 mix gender roles, a stage full of props, a party, a brawl, a broken engagement and a lot of bad puns. This is a comedy of lovingly controlled chaos.
Evelyn Waugh called The Diary of a Nobody 'the funniest book in the world'. First published in the 1800s, it tells the story of a self-important but tender-hearted Victorian office-worker. Mr. Pooter never loses his sense of humour as he is made to deal with the trials of everyday life - a wayward son, trouble at the office, house hold improvements gone wrong and the annoyance of catching your foot in the mat whilst trying to leave the room in silent dignity.
This cult Victorian novel is transformed into an uproarious comedy through inventive and imaginative staging. Balancing moments of wild humour against the insightful depiction of an ordinary life and happy marriage, this is a show with a surreal comic flair and a strongly beating emotional heart. It is directed by Mary Franklin who graduated from the King's Head Theatre's award-winning Resident Trainee Director's Scheme in 2012.
Rough Haired Pointer is a theatre company set up by director Mary Franklin and designer Carin Nakanishi in 2013. Since then the company has expanded to include a composer, producer and a company of associate actors. Their work combines visual originality, headlong action, unapologetic theatricality, precisely crafted staging and theatrical danger. Their work is rooted in its form - every production they've staged has at its heart a discussion about making a piece of theatre. Their work is intentionally rough around the edges. They believe in constantly celebrating the elements of chance and play in live drama. Both onstage and in rehearsal our artistic aim is organised chaos, with a backbone of trust, fidelity to the text and an understanding that comes from a strong collaborative ethos.
Tuesday 31 October - Saturday 18 November 2017
Running time 2 hours including interval
Tickets: £10 - £25 (£15, £18 concessions)