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Betty Blue Eyes

Squire Performing Arts Centre, 9 Arboretum Street, Nottingham, NG1 4JB

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Tuesday 13 February - Saturday 17 February 2024 
Squire Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: £17 standard, £15 concession (60+), £11 under 16s & students
 

West Bridgford Operatic Society are returning to The Squire Performing Arts Centre with their hilarious production of the musical 'Betty Blue Eyes'. Directed by Tom Parry, choreographed by Ali Biller, with musical direction from Adam Wright.

It's 1947 and England is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Whilst most are surviving on rations to ensure fair shares for all, local officers are feathering their nests by taking far more than their fair share.

Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called 'A Private Function', which centered around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have brilliantly adapted and expanded this story for the stage and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – 'She's seventy four and ravenous'; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig.

This amateur production is presented by arrangements with Music Theatre International.

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