Special equipment used for comedy

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A UNIQUE piece of equipment has been used by one of the cast during a spectacular show at The King’s Theatre in Southsea.

Visitors watching Habeas Corpus this week have watched on as Geoffrey Pye, who plays the role of Mr Purdue, attempts to hang himself from a roof light fitting.

For the act a harness is fitted underneath Mr Pye’s costume before it is then attached to a piece of rope.

Then when the actor tries to hang himself the noose goes through three tubes in the rope, rather than around his neck.

The equipment has been specifically designed for theatre groups who are performing the comedy play so that they can make the attempted hanging scene look realistic.

Habeas Corpus, which finishes at The King’s today, is a comedy that focuses on Mr Purdue’s repeated attempts to commit suicide.

Mr Pye said: ‘It’s been great fun using the equipment. I first played Mr Purdue 10 years ago and I was more than happy to do so again.’