Friday, 8 July 2016

'Allo 'Allo at Everyman Open Air Festival in Cardiff

"The gateau from the chateau 'as the candle with ze 'andle."  That is the line I remember most from watching episodes of WWII sitcom 'Allo 'Allo growing up.  No chateaus or explosive candles in this open air stage adaptation by Everyman Theatre in Cardiff, but there are plenty of misadventures within Renée's café as the Gestapo, the General, and the French all try to get hold of the painting of the fallen Madonna (with the big...).

Allo Allo

My husband and I went along last night to see the opening performance.  I'd never been to Everyman Theatre before, an amateur dramatic company, but my husband's brother once took the lead in one of their performances some years ago.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but in no time at all I felt like I was watching the TV series.  Innuendos started flying around the café and Edith with petit pains in her hair instead of curlers was walking in on Renée's passionate clinches with the stocking-clad waitresses.  It's a fairly generic storyline, but very true to the series.  You could tell the actors had studied the series in detail, as some of their mannerisms and voices were uncannily like those portrayed originally.  (Herr Flick was always my favourite, and he didn't disappoint with the one-liners, "Anyone caught canoodling in the back row, vill be shot!").  It was a faithful performance, and a lot of fun to watch - and for the actors to perform too I imagine!

Allo Allo

Allo Allo

Allo Allo

It was an overcast day with a little rain threatening as the evening began, but you don't have to worry too much about the weather as the seating is all undercover.  The actors may get a soaking, but you won't.  You don't have to worry about getting cold either, as there are blankets to hire, and it's fairly cosy when you're all packed in under the marquee anyway.  Seats are fairly comfy (with a bit of padding), and the overall set-up is very nice.  There's a sort of open air section before you go into the theatre bit, with tables and chairs outside, and an undercover section in a marquee.  All decked out with fairylights and tablecloths.  There's a bar, and The Dusty Knuckle pizza oven doing brisk trade (apparently they were voted in the top 25 pizzerias in the UK).  The site is on grass, so have a think about your footwear (you don't want your stilettos sinking into mud when it rains!).  Thank goodness, there are 'proper' toilets in one of those big cabins, rather than the dreaded portaloos.

open air theatre Cardiff

open air theatre Cardiff

open air theatre Cardiff

open air theatre Cardiff

If the 'light entertainment' category isn't your thing, then the Everyman Theatre is putting on some other open-air productions over July, including a bit of Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet), child-friendly Peter Pan, and musical Into The Woods.  Something for everyone!
 
I received a pair of complimentary tickets to review the show.  Tickets are normally priced £17 per adult.

7 comments:

  1. How delightful! I really enjoy watching live performances (theater, music, dance, etc) outside in the summer months. It's great to sit back and enjoy the loveliness of being entertained against a beautiful warm weather backdrop.

    Wishing you guys a splendid weekend!
    ♥ Jessica

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  2. A great TV show. I've just been watching repeats on Yesterday in the last few ddays

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  3. Have to say I've never properly watched this show and I think the humour really isn't my thing, but I do love a good open air performance. As long as I won't get wet... Which, in this country, is a bit of a risk for the entire duration of a play ;) xx

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  4. That looks tremendous fun. Allo Allo is always a guilty pleasure...

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  5. Sounds like you guys had a blast! I've never heard of this show, but it sounds like fun, if the sample line you quoted is any indication.

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  6. Sounds like a fun event! I like how they have blankets for hire. What a great idea. That is too bad though that the actors get rained on if it's raining though.

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  7. What a lovely, civilised outing! Right up my alley! Sounds like a lot of fun. Note to self- make more of an effort to do cool stuff!

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