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Funeral Games

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 July 2008

1968: FUNERAL GAMES
By Joe Orton

A scabrous black comedy from Joe Orton on the subject of religious hypocrisy. A play that helped create the climate of change that would end the power of the official censor over British theatre productions.

Caulfield.....Phil Daniels
Pringle.....Martin Jarvis
McCorquodale..Tony Rohr
Tessa.......Liza Sadovy
Policeman....Ben Crowe

Director: Peter Kavanagh
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This black comedy is seen by some as the linking work between Loot and What the Butler Saw. All the classic trademarks of Joe Orton's work are here - murder, macabre farce and deliberate bad taste.

This play actively contributed to the climate of change that would end the power of the official censor, the Lord Chamberlain, over British theatre productions.

Martin Jarvis and Phil Daniels both feature in this production. Jarvis plays Pringle, a preacher in a religious sect, Daniels the criminal Caulfield whom Pringle employs to investigate his wife's suspected affair. Caulfield discovers that Pringle's wife may not have been unfaithful at all - but that doesn't stop Pringle from wanting to murder her. Meanwhile, there's another body in the cellar and something rather gruesome in the cake tin.

Producer Peter Kavanagh.

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