Forget the Big Society Leighton Buzzard Drama Group’s latest production, Alan Bennett’s riotous farce Habeas Corpus is all about the Permissive Society.
The comedy, set in the 1960s, features the lust and longing of the then much talked about permissive society that has well and truly taken hold of the apparently respectable Wicksteed family.
The plot centres on lecherous, lady-loving, Arthur Wicksteed and his wife Murial. He is a GP near Brighton, 53 years old and bored of married life. Murial is your typical WI wife, cake decorating, jam making, Daily Mail reading.. a suppressed sexual tour de force.
Connie Wicksteed is Arthur’s spinster sister who is obsessed with having bigger boobs and orders some that come in a box with someone to fit them. She is engaged to Canon Throbbing, (his name says it all), though nothing as much of a fumble has occurred in their time together.
Director John Stone admits this is a real nostalgia piece. “But as you would expect from Alan Bennett, Habeas has moments of genuine wit,” he said.“This is a real farce and I wanted to capture the humour of the Carry On films and seaside postcard captions, but because it’s Alan Bennett it’s very cleverly written. There are poignant and sad moments behind the laughter.”
Habeas Corpus runs at the Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Lake Street, on Sep 29/ 30/ and October 1st. Call the Box Office on 0300 300 8125 for tickets.