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Tryst To Reprise Classic Marx Brothers Comedy

Tryst are going back twenty years for their November show.

In the early 1990s, the club had massive success with A Night in the Ukraine, based on iconic Hollywood film stars the Marx Brothers, and they are reviving the show next month.

Tryst Chairman Frank Murray explained: “It’s the Marx Brothers’ movie the brothers never made! A Night in the Ukraine takes us back to the 1930s, and sweeps us away to Russia for a madcap comedy featuring all the usual zany Marx Brothers characters.

“Directed by Jim Allan, it’s set in the stately mansion of Mrs Pavlenko, a wealthy Ukrainian widow, whose world is turned upside down when the lawyer Serge B Samovar, the Groucho Marx character, arrives looking for money he is owed.”

He went on: “Twenty years ago, the club won a number of competitions with the play and represented Scotland at an international drama festival in Norway. Three of the cast from then – Jim Allan, Carol Clark and Alan Clark – are taking on the parts they played back in the nineties…and claim they don’t look any older today!”

Frank added: “The Marx Brothers films were shot in black and white so everything in our show is in monochrome - even carrots and bananas! That’s a huge challenge for our backstage crew.”

Opening the evening will be a new short comedy, Tea Set and Match by Sean Street. Directed by Brian Paterson, it features Rhona Law, Veronica Crosbie and Clare Scougall.

Our picture shows Tryst’s original Marx Brothers – Alan Clark, Jim Allan and Jacqui Shand. In 1991, Jacqui was a pupil at Falkirk High School and today she’s a senior doctor specialising in Accident & Emergency in Cairns, Australia. Her part will be taken by Craig Murray and other parts feature Joanne Davidson, Brian Tripney, Frank Murray and Daniela Shankland.

The shows run over three nights on November 5, 6 and 7 at 7.30pm at Grangemouth’s Bowhouse Community Centre. Tickets, £7 and £5 (concessions) are available from company members or from the Tryst Box Office on 01324 715886. - Tryst Theatre is a registered Scottish charity, No SC003303