The Grand Gesture
Presented by Northern Broadsides in partnership with Harrogate Theatre
By Deborah McAndrew
Freely adapted from The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman
Directed by Conrad Nelson
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Simeon Duff is working class, unemployed and desperate.
His wife works.
He’s lost all self esteem.
He’s on the scrap heap and wants to end it all …
… ... and so begins this brilliantly insane comedy about a man on the edge.
When word gets out that Duff is going to top himself, a host of ne’er-do-wells crawl out of the woodwork, each wanting to claim his grand gesture for their ‘noble cause’. Let’s face it, why waste a death? But which cause shall it be … love, politics, religion, or the rising price of fish?
Will the disillusioned Duff go through with it?
Will he really top himself for a dubious cause?
Is he worth it?
Watch and see … the suspense will kill you, if you don’t die laughing first.
Conrad Nelson (The Government Inspector, Lisa’s Sex Strike, The Canterbury Tales and Accidental Death of an Anarchist) directs a large cast of charismatic northern actor-musicians in a riotous evening of comic mayhem and exquisite farce, complete with a gypsy band and heavenly choir. The perfect answer to a long winter evening in Austerity Britain and brought to you by the multi-award winning Northern Broadsides, think Rising Damp meets Monty Python with a pinch of Mrs Browns Boys.
☆☆☆☆ - The Observer
☆☆☆☆☆ - Yorkshire Post
☆☆☆☆☆ - Playstosee
☆☆☆☆ - Whatsonstage.com
"Another hit." – Yorkshire Post
"Hilarious" – Yorkshire Post
"A powerful adaptation" – The Observer
"Hilarious performances" – The Observer
"Lively and immensely likeable" - The Times
"Another winning recipe from Northern Broadsides" – Yorkshire Times
"Deborah McAndrew's latest offering is genuinely funny" – Yorkshire Times
"full marks to director Conrad Nelson for teasing the talent from his excellent cast" – Yorkshire Times
"You'll come out laughing" – Yorkshire Times
"Go and see The Grand Gesture if it comes anywhere near you!" - Playstosee
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