A RIOTOUS romp through ancient Rome is promised when Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society bring their hilarious version of Up Pompeii to several North Devon venues this month. Expect to see Senna the Soothsayer, Lurcio, Voluptua and plenty of slaves as the local amateur society resurrect all the popular characters from the BBC's hit sitcom. An ingenious set, that can collapse in an instant, has been created especially for the comedy riot.
Paul Ruhleman has built a Pompeian courtyard that will fall away when Vesuvius erupts, only to reveal the cast in compromising positions. To achieve this, Paul has carved and painted large polystyrene blocks to look like stone walls that can tumble over without damaging the stage – or cast.
Up Pompeii is at The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on Sunday, August 18 and Saturday, August 31, 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 (adult), £9 (NDT member), £8 (student). Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org. uk.
The show also visits Centre Stage, Pottington on Saturday, August 17 and Croyde Village Hall on Thursday, August 29. Ticket details: www.barn staplemusicalcomedy.co.uk.