Fringe favourites, the two-strong National Theatre of Brent company is comprised of artistic director Desmond Olivier Dingle and trainee Raymond Box (really actors Patrick Barlow and John Ramm). The NTOB has become renowned for its comic mangling of serious historic events. In recent years, the French Revolution, the charge of the light brigade and the life of Christ have all received the Brent treatment.
Their last show, Love Upon the Throne, saw the bumbling duo take on the love story of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer from courtship through to divorce, though not the unfortunate events that followed. It was a sell-out hit at the Edinburgh Festival and at London's Bush Theatre, and later brought the pair into the West End with a limited season at the Comedy Theatre in 1998.
Commenting on the company's South Bank run in signature, overblown style, Dingle said: "I am delighted, nay, privileged, to announce that in this, our debut engagement here at our sister company, we shall be tackling probably our most controversial yet profoundly moving oeuvre ever done. Raymond and myself will be taking you, the audience, on a probing investigation into the fascinating world of sex! Including many famed sexual encounters re-enacted live on stage, such as Lady Chatterly's Lover, Casanova, the Kama Sutra and The Orgies of Rasputin. Not to mention a whole host of marital tips and answers to all your sexual problems."
As usual, all the parts in the new production will be performed by the two men. The Wonder of Sex is directed by Martin Duncan and designed by Francis O'Connor, with lighting by Chris Ellis.
- by Terri Paddock