Wild Oats archiveHarry Thunder, a young naval cadet, absconds from naval college bitten by 'a rage for a little acting' and joins a company of strolling actors. Its leader, Rover, is a foundling, a man without home, family and love. The stage and his roles are more real to him than life, and when life, friendship and love (in the unexpected form of a Quaker beauty) make their insistent demands, his fragile grasp on reality begins to fall apart. Meanwhile, Sir George Thunder is in hot pursuit of his son... The Navy, the Quakers, the peasantry and the theatre all collide in this exuberant play by John O'Keeffe (famously dubbed 'the English Moliere). First played in 1791, it offers a gloriously comic view of English provincial life. O'Keeffe presents us with a cast of eccentrics, who through a series of hilarious mistakes and confusions discover the transforming power of the theatre of love.


Author: John O'Keefe
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Archive listings for Wild Oats

Work type: Play.


Producer Bristol Old Vic. Director Mark Rosenblatt. Design Ben Stones. Director Catherine Alexander (movement). Music Marc Teitler. Sound Sarah Weltman. Lighting Guy Hoare. Director Paul Benzing (fight). Performer Sam Alexander (Jack Rover). Performer Cornelius Booth (Lamp/Banks). Performer Philip Bird (Ephraim Smooth). Performer Jo Herbert (Lady Amaranth). Performer Debra Penny (Amelia). Performer Hugh Skinner (Harry). Performer Emily May Smith (Jane). Performer Isaac Stanmore (Sim). Performer Sion Tudor Owen (Gammon). Performer Kim Wall (George Thunder). Performer Stewart Wright (John Dory).
4 Sep 12 to 20 Oct 12Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
listing details L1883025305


Company Lost Theatre. Director Adrian Brown.
13 Feb 08 to 1 Mar 08Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Inner London :: V1170
listing details L877487034


Company Surrey County Youth Theatre.
11 Jul 07 to 14 Jul 07Electric Theatre, Guildford :: V01732805351
listing details L1512007591

Other listings

15 Jul 98 to 25 Jul 98Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton :: V778
listing details L860298203
8 Jul 98 to 18 Jul 98Abbey Theatre, St Albans :: V50
listing details L01961067887

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