Birmingham-based Friction Theatre, launched only two years ago, is a bit difficult to pin down. Are its members amateurs or professionals? Notwithstanding their uncertain status, members have already presented four shows — and their brush with Brecht seems to be bravely surviving an unfair share of misfortune. Not long after casting, the original Mother Courage had to drop out because of illness. A few days later the set designer had a stroke. Two of the cast have had mysterious and sudden back injuries and another caught swine flu.
The performance follows a comic tale of mistaken identity at a Portuguese time share villa which has been doubled booked. Martin Pardoe, a member of the society, said: "It's taken about three months to get it all done. It's coming on quite well and we've got two dress rehearsals and then we start the show. The show will mark the society's first production this year, which runs between Wednesday Feb 6 and Saturday Feb 9. The society, which was formed in , hosts a variety of plays in Kingswinford and performs three plays annually. Got a story?
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