Date(s) - 15/11/2017
For their Autumn production Hartley Players will be staging Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo
This hilarious political farce centres on working class housewives who raid a supermarket, either taking the goods or paying a “fair price”, in protest against inflationary supermarket prices.
Like all farces, it is the physical action which makes a potentially serious situation funny, using buffoonery, horseplay and crude characterization in ludicrously improbable situations.
Margherita and Antonia take part in a revolt at the local supermarket and the play starts with them trying desperately to hide their ‘liberated’ goods before their husbands and the police catch up with them. Antonia’s husband Giovanni is a Communist shop steward and an upholder of law and order and would definitely not approve of his wife’s actions. Crazy disasters and outrageous lies pile on top of each other as the two women try to cope with the results of their own actions – without telling their husbands what they have been up to. Phantom pregnancies, saints, and curses are all invented to stop the police fingering the culprits!
Performances will be at 8pm from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November in the Hartley Village Hall, Ash Road, Hartley DA3 8EL. Tickets, priced £10 (£8 concessions) are available from boxoffice [at] hartleyplayers [dot] org [dot] uk or 0845 260 2545.