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
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.