ARCHIVE - PAST EVENT
by Peter Nichols,
music by Denis King
â€œWhat This is a brave, skillful and beautifully performed production."
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"A rollicking good tale in the â€˜It Ain't Half Hot Mum' vein... laughs come by the barrelful..."
Alison Anderson, Perthshire Advertiser
1948, the Malayan Emergency: whilst most of Britain is getting used to peacetime once again, the British army is engaged in a forgotten war against Communism on the other side of the world. Its secret weapon? The Song and Dance Unit South East Asia - or SADUSEA . . .
The task of creating a variety show to entertain the troops has fallen to Acting Captain Terri Dennis, the finest Marlene Dietrich impersonator ever to hail from Lancashire. The problem is that heâ€™s been landed with a bunch of wet behind the ears National Service types who canâ€™t tell a tap step from a tea cup.
If having to master Fred and Ginger duets and the Western Approaches ballet wasnâ€™t enough, the Unit also has to cope with a deranged Sergeant Major whoâ€™s up to something iffy on the black market, a CO whoâ€™s convinced that Christian piety can defeat the Red Menace â€“ and a couple of Chinese servants who arenâ€™t quite what they seem . . .
Based on Peter Nicholsâ€™s own National Service experiences whilst entertaining the troops alongside Kenneth Williams and Stanley Baxter, Privates On Parade pays a nostalgic and wildly funny tribute to the dying days of Empire and the swansong of the concert party.
This will be the Scottish premiÃ¨re production of the revised 2001 version of Nicholsâ€™s classic comedy â€“ another Anniversary first!
Please note that Privates On Parade contains frequent strong language, adult content, male nudity and scenes of a sexual nature.