Review: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at Birmingham Rep

by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at Birmingham Rep

From the same team that brought us The Play that Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A  Bank Robbery began its UK tour this week, launching from Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Set some time in the late 50s early 60s, so in the days before cctv or mobile phones, this fabulously funny farce centres with around several main characters.

The cast of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Photo by Robert Day
The cast of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Photo by Robert Day

Caprice Freeboys (Julia Frith) daughter of local bank manager Robin Freeboys (Damian Lynch) has a string of men in her life, but she only keeps them for as long as they are useful, and by useful I mean they pay her rent. Caprice is greedy, but beautiful. Bank worker Warren Slax (Jon Trenchard) is in love with Caprice, but as the world’s oldest intern Caprice really doesn’t have time for poor Warren. Ruth Monaghan (Ashley Tucker) works at the same bank and wants her son Sam (Seán Carey) to work in banking too, but Sam thinks picking pockets is easier, until he too falls for Caprice. Only Caprice thinks Sam is a Doctor and a lawyer and a Rabbi, and hence he must be wealthy.

Julia Frith and Liam Jeavons Photo by Robert Day
Julia Frith and Liam Jeavons Photo by Robert Day

Add to this mix a huge diamond that needs to be stored in a safe place, lots of mistaken identity of course, several missing pairs of trousers, a fold up bed, Caprice’s boyfriend and escaped prisoner Mitch Ruscitti (Liam Jeavons), policemen, reporters and a European prince and you have the start of another rip roaring comedy.

The comic timing is of course perfect, and even though we know it’s not real I did wince when poor Warren takes a good slapstick style beating from his employer Robin and I held my breath when Sam was hiding from Caprice’s boyfriend and escaped prisoner under a faulty fold away bed.

Liam Jeavons, Damian Lynch and Jon Trenchard Photo by Robert Day
Liam Jeavons, Damian Lynch and Jon Trenchard Photo by Robert Day

This play has all the usual elements of a good farce and with plenty of genuine laugh out loud moments too. Some of the comedy comes from word play, some clever some not so clever but still very funny. That is the joy of farce, it is a child like humour, it has a naivety and innocence to a lot of the jokes. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has lots of silliness and as well as a plethora of funny lines there is some terrific visual comedy too. I’m not going to spoil any of the one liners though.

Liam Jeavons, Julia Frith and Seán Carey Photo by Robert Day
Liam Jeavons, Julia Frith and Seán Carey Photo by Robert Day

I did also love the men with moustaches, and I really don’t want to give any spoilers yet so can I just say again, lots of visuals and silliness make for a bellyful of laughs.

Although this is not in any way a musical, there is still a lovely soundtrack with some live singing on stage for a few numbers.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is Dynamite. Check it out until at Birmingham Rep until Saturday 8th September. birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/the-comedy-about-a-bank-robbery.html


This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to see The Comedy about a Bank Robbery by Birmingham Rep.

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