Two well-loved Radio 4 characters make their stage play debut at Chorley Little Theatre in September.
Hamish and Dougal have been entertaining the listeners of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue since 1979 and now Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (CADOS) have been granted the rights to do a stage version.
Created and performed on the radio by Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, Hamish and Dougal feature in the Sounds Charades round of the ‘antidote to panel shows’ where the other team must guess a film or book title from a short sketch. They were given their own series from 2002, and the stage version is based on those scripts.
The scripts have been adapted from Garden and Cryer’s radio scripts by CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson, who also directs.
Ian says “comedies always do well at Chorley Little Theatre so we were looking for new things to do, when we released this was something we could really put our stamp on.”
“Jeremy Hardy starred in the original radio series so when he did a gig here we asked if he thought it was possible, he got in touch with Graeme Garden, and he very kindly granted us permission”
“There are challenges in making it visual, especially when a throwaway radio gag needs a special prop but that just adds to the fun. It’s a fantastic cast and we’re having lots of laughs in rehearsals”
The cast is led by Andy Burke as Hamish with Steven Catterall as Dougal, then Barry Callander as The Laird and Siobhan Edge as their housekeeper Mrs Naughtie (played by Alison Steadman on the radio). The rest of the roles are played by Kath Ashworth, Steph Threlfall, and Ashley Hambrook.
The show is full of gags and plenty of innuendo. The Independent newspaper described the radio series as “The Beano with smut” and the aim of the cast and crew is to provide a funny and uplifting night out for everyone.
An authentic Scottish feel will be provided by live band Still Reeling, who have been sent the music from the radio series by John Garden (Graeme’s son).
The show runs Monday 12th until Saturday 17th September at 7.30pm each night. Tickets are £6 (Mon-Weds), £8 (Thurs-Sat) from Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com