Opened 28 Nov 2013
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
In life, Dave Thursby was a hugely successful television comedian, loved by the public, surrounded by the loyal wife, dedicated agent and creative gag writer essential to the modern comedy career. In death, he leaves all of these close companions bereft. They are going to miss Dave terribly. Some of them may even be out of work. Unless, of course, the repeats, television specials, biographies and newspaper tell-alls can fill the vacuum. But who is best placed to benefit from the legacy? At Dave’s funeral, the friends and lovers all gather, each protesting their love for Dave. Each determined to exploit his comic genius for all it is worth. Crammed with great jokes, Eric Chappell’s script reflects a lifetime of working with timeless comedians. The author of such classic TV comedies as Rising Damp, Duty Free, Only When I Laugh and Home to Roost understands the ego of comic genius better than most - and he exposes it hilariously in Wife After Death.