Theatre Trip: What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton

By Andrew Lines

Theatre Trip: What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton
Andy and Dave

The members of the Oldbury Writing Group attended the Oldbury REP Theatre in Langley for the third time this year on September 16th. We were there to see Oldbury REP’s presentation of Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw.

Any actor who takes part in a production of this play has to be admired for their incredible memory if nothing else. The hilarious dialogue was delivered non-stop at 100mph from start to finish, and the entire cast was impeccable.

I was relieved to discover at the end of the story that Geraldine’s grandmother only took a cigar to her grave, not a part of Winston Churchill’s anatomy, despite the accusations of one particular police officer.

Theatre Trip: What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton
Nicole and Dave

Orton probably offended as many people as he entertained during his short life, but looking back from a world with a different set of moral issues, the man can only be described as a genius. However, I must disagree with a quote he made in 1966. He said, ‘Whenever anything makes me roar with laughter, it’s a sure sign it must be cut.’ I’d like to read the material he left out.

I congratulate Oldbury REP for their treatment of this brilliant play, and I’m sure I speak for the members of Oldbury Writing Group when I say we are looking forward to their forthcoming productions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Nick Lane, Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer, and Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas.


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