A true comedy of errors comes to the Station Theatre this week as Hayling Island Amateur dramatics society presents its latest production.
The Magistrate is a traditional Victorian Farce, replete with comically exaggerated characters, big skirts and swooning ladies.
Penned by Arthur Wing Pinero the play tells the tale of Mr Posket a well-respected magistrate who has married a charming widow, with a lively young son of 14 – or so she tells everyone.
The widow’s son is actually 19, but his mother has knocked five years off his age, so that she can pretend she is also five years younger.
The ‘boy’ has the personality and desires of his real age, including gambling, drinking champagne, and flirting with anyone in a skirt, and manages to persuade his step-father to join him for an evening out, without his mother knowing.
Meanwhile the boy’s mother and his aunt are on a clandestine mission of their own all leading to more trouble for the hapless Posket.
The Magistrate will be showing at the Station Theatre, Hayling Island from May 24 – May 31 at 7.45pm.
Tickets are available at the box office which is open six mornings a week from 10.am – 12noon.
Call (023)9246 6363 or visit hiads.org.uk or hayling-dramatics.hampshire.org.uk for details and to book.