West Bridgford Operatic Society are returning to The Squire Performing Arts Centre with their hilarious production of the musical ‘Betty Blue Eyes’. The talented principals and chorus will sing and dance to a live orchestra under the baton of Adam Wright and will be directed by long serving society member Tom Parry with choreography by Ali Biller.
It is 1947, war has ended but Britain’s long-suffering citizens are suffering under the burden of food rationing, high unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called ‘A Private Function’, which centred around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have brilliantly adapted and expanded this story for the stage and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange, odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – ‘She’s 74 and ravenous’; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig.
Don’t miss out on all the fun. Get your tickets now!