Fun for all the family at The Space

D & A College acting and performance students rehearsing 'In-Laws, Outlaws ...' which is performed next week.
D & A College acting and performance students rehearsing 'In-Laws, Outlaws ...' which is performed next week.

Acting and performance students at D&A College are offering a fun night for all the family with their forthcoming production, ‘In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People (who should be shot)’, by Steve Franco.

The playwright comes from a huge family of uncles, aunts and cousins and was determined to make the play suitable for all, using a family setting, a Christmas Eve meal which becomes hijacked by a pair of incompetent robbers looking for a hideout.

After robbing a liquor store Tony and Vinny find they need to lie low and blag their way into the Douglas household, where the two hapless crooks end up having to take the ever-growing guest list hostage.

Among those present are grumpy uncles, smart-Alec teenagers, wise-cracking cousins, and even nosy neighbours – as the play progresses it becomes difficult to identify just exactly who are the hostages – the guests or Tony and Vinny.

Just as the story revolves around people being reunited at Christmas, staging the play has become a reunion in reality with the 11 second-year HND students of the cast being joined on stage by four graduates.

Lecturer Jane Hensey, who is directing the play, said: “With a cast of 15 we are really grateful to Chantalle Cummings, Sam Burrows, Gavin Ross and Amanda Wilkie, coming back to college to take on some of the minor roles.”

The play is set in New York and the students have been well supported by lecturer Melanie Drake, a specialist voice coach who has been helping them work on their Brooklyn accents. It runs at The Space at Kingsway Campus from Thursday to Saturday, March 27 to 29. Tickets free at the venue from 7 p.m.