• Privates On Parade

Event Details

Fri 08 Mar - Sat 16 Mar

Time: 7.30pm

Running Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Venue: John Cooper Studio @41monkgate

Ticket Information: All Seats £16 Concessions £14

Age Recommendations: PG

Warning: Contains swearing & semi nudity

Book Tickets


Producer: Pick Me Up Theatre

Writer: Peter Nichols

Directed by: Robert Readman

Designed by: Robert Readman

Composer: Denis King

Privates On Parade

Peter Nichols's 1977 play with songs by Denis King, offers a heady mix of personal memoir, musical parody and a jaundiced account of postwar colonial politics.

Set in Malaya in 1948, it shows a naive private, Steven Flowers, joining a song-and-dance unit whose job is to entertain troops engaged in keeping 5,000 Chinese communist guerillas at bay. Like an innocent Swindon Candide, Steven encounters built-in corruption, falls in love with a Eurasian girl and rubs up against, though not too closely, a flamboyant drag artist called Terri Dennis. Although the play is great fun, it also satirises bone-headed missionary zeal through the character of Major Flack and asks what British troops were doing in Malaya anyway: protecting a piece of the empire from communism or preserving the commercially vital rubber trade?

Contains some swearing and semi-nudity.

Tickets £16 | Concessions £14