Loot follows the fortunes of Hal and Dennis, who rob a bank next to the funeral parlour where Dennis works and return to Hal’s home to hide the money. Hal’s mother has just died and the money is hidden in her coffin. But where will they hide the body?
Fay, a sexy young nurse with seven deceased husbands to her name, is interested in marrying Hal’s father, McLeavy. However, Dennis has already had his way with Fay and wants to marry her. And he can offer her more financial “security”.
Inspector Truscott arrives and the plot turns topsy turvy as Hal and Dennis try to keep him off their trail.
During Joe Orton’s short but prolific career, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his farcical black comedies.
Loot, first performed in 1965, was Orton’s third major production, following Entertaining Mr Sloane and the television play The Good and Faithful Servant. Playing with the conventions of popular farce, Orton examines English attitudes and perceptions in the mid twentieth century.
The play won several awards in its London run and is now regarded as a comic masterpiece.
Loot will be at The Tolmen Centre in Constantine on Friday 2nd December at 7.30pm
And at the Poly in Falmouth on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December at 7.30pm
Loot is presented by Cornwall’s newest theatre company, Fruit.
It is directed by Keri Jessiman, well known for her legendary comic performances in the early days of Miracle Theatre.