PRIVATES ON PARADE
John Cooper Studio Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York
Peter Nichols’ award-winning ‘play with songs’ Privates on Parade follows the outrageous antics of a song and dance unit staging concert parties to entertain British troops in South-East Asia.
It charts the journey of naive Private Steve Flowers and what happens when he’s posted to the SADUSEA entertainment unit, led by the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis.
Rory Mulvihill – Sergeant Wilson in Pick Me Up's 50th anniversary production of Dad's Army, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady – takes on the role of cross-dressing Captain Dennis.
The play, premiered in 1977 by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is based on Nichols’ own experience of National Service with Kenneth Williams and Stanley Baxter, as part of an entertainment troupe in Singapore after the Second World War.
It’s a hilarious and at times poignant show with period pastiche songs by Denis King featuring wartime favourites Carmen Miranda, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Flanagan and Allen.
Warning: Choice language and a smattering of flesh ...
8-16 March 2019
Book and lyrics by
Captain Terri Dennis
Lance Corporal Charles Bishop
Sergeant Major Reg Drummond
Paul Joe Osborne
Corporal Len Bonny
Leading Aircraftman Eric Young-Love
Flight Sergeant Kevin Cartwright
Private Steven Flowers
Major Giles Flack