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PHIL PORTER

Vice Versa

(OR THE DECLINE AND FALL OF GENERAL BRAGGADOCIO AT THE HANDS OF HIS CANNY SERVANT DEXTER AND TERENCE THE MONKEY)

A summary of the story of our new side-splitting Roman comedy.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 9 Sep 2017

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 5 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

21 July, 7:30PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

The Plot

General Braggadocio is in no doubt that everyone adores him – especially the local women of Rome, where he lives when he’s not at war. His servants, Feclus, Omnivorus and the savvy Dexter, are at his mercy and either flatter or fear him.

But the truth is, Braggadocio lives up to his name – he is an absolute windbag! Unable to bear life enslaved by such a man, Dexter has a plan. She and her former mistress, the resourceful Grecian beauty, Voluptua (recently kidnapped by Braggadocio) have managed to get word to Voluptua’s true love Valentin who has moved in next door as the guest of Braggadocio’s neighbour, the aged lawyer PhiloproximusStill with us?!

Dexter has re-engineered the attic skylights to open so Valentin and Voluptua can meet secretly. However, suspicions arise that Voluptua is cheating on Braggadocio when she is spotted by Feclus sneaking across the roof to see ValentinFeclus summons Braggadocio back from an important vote at the Forum and it looks as if Voluptua is in serious trouble.

Philoproximus gamely joins in to help her, while Dexter invents a fake identical twin called Drusila to cover their tracks. Meanwhile Terrence, the General’s monkey, escapes and wreaks havoc while Feclus narrowly avoids death at the sword of his master. Nearly there…

The following week, Dexter begins to put her escape plan into action. She plans to convince Braggadocio that a new love interest is in town, persuade him to release Voluptua and then set sail home with Voluptua and ValentinPhiloproximus offers to find a willing young woman to get the plan moving, but Braggadocio stubbornly resists her advances. An encounter is engineered with Voluptua’s ‘identical twin’ Drusila and the General is drawn into the ever-tightening net of Dexter’s plan… Simple, really!

WARNING: This production contains scenes of a rather saucy nature, a badly behaved monkey and may not be suitable for younger audiences. A farcical sense of humour is absolutely essential!