Compton Mackenzie’s novel Whisky Galore was published in 1947, taking creative inspiration from the sinking of the SS Politician in 1941, which was adapted into an Ealing comedy film in 1949, becoming an instant success. Now Philip Goulding brings a fresh adaptation of the novel to the stage.
Presented by Hull Truck Theatre alongside Oldham Coliseum Theatre and The New Vic Theatre, this new adaptation is a tribute to the feisty, fearless all-female touring companies of the post-war years. The production is in part inspired by the true story of the Osiris Players, a troupe of female actors who toured the British Isles from 1927 – 1963.
The story unfolds under the dogmatic direction of character Flora Bellerby, a member of the Pallas Players. The troupe all play hilarious and diverse characters from Compton Mackenzie’s comedy classic.
They will take you back to 1943 and the Scottish islands of Great Todday and Little Todday, where disaster strikes. Whisky supplies have dried up because of the War, tensions are running high – but relief comes in the form of a ship carrying 50,000 cases of whisky, wrecked just offshore.
It quickly becomes every islander for themselves, as they try to ‘save’ as many bottles as possible before the snooty Mr Waggett of the Home Guard can put a stop to all the fun.
The stellar all-female cast are:
- Sally Armstrong (Men Should Weep at the National Theatre; The Guid Sisters at the National Theatre of Scotland).
- Lila Clements (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Shakespeare Company; Therese Raquin at Park Theatre and Finborough Theatre).
- Isabel Ford (Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Hull Truck Theatre; Hard Times at Oldham Coliseum).
- Christine Mackie (Dancing Through the Shadows at Hull Truck Theatre; Daphne Bryant in Downton Abbey).
- Alicia McKenzie (A Christmas Carol at St Joseph Theatre; Cinderella at Octagon Theatre Bolton).
- Joey Parsad (Around The World in 80 Days at New Vic Theatre; Like Mother Like Daughter by Complicite).
- Shuna Snow (Brideshead Revisited by English Touring Theatre and York Theatre Royal; Twelfth Night at The Rose).
Whisky Galore runs from Tue 1 May – Sat 12 May and you can buy your tickets now.