When you see the name Ray Cooney, you know you are in for an evening of fast-moving farce with plenty of confusion and misunderstanding. And a lot of laughs.
Now Hall Green Little Theatre are staging his incredibly successful Run for your Wife from tonight, Friday, June 19, until Saturday, June 27.
It tells of cabbie John Smith who has been leading a bigamous life quite successfully, if strenuously, for three years, but the situation (to say nothing of his two wives and the police) catches up with him when he has an accident and lands up in hospital.
Nosey neighbours play a part in his downfall, and after much thickening of the plot, John eventually has to confess.
Ara Sotoudeh plays the part of the risk-taking cabby, and the play is directed by Graham Walker.
He might be forgiven for being even more confused, however, since although the part of one wife, Mary, is taken by Aleksandra Galiabovich-Everitt, the part of Barbara, wife number two, is being undertaken by no less than three of the youngest members of the cast necessary so that study for summer exams could carry on uninterrupted.
Josie Booth, aged 17, Harriet Tatton, 18, and Katie Adams,also 18 are products of the HGLT Youth Theatre, regularly appearing not only in the annual YT productions, but also pantomimes and other plays.
They have been sharing rehearsal time and each will take on two or three performances. Full marks, girls!
Tickets for the show at £7/£8 from the box office on 0121 707 1874 or on the night. The theatre can be found in Pemberley Road, Birmingham, B27 7RY.