Pack your bags and grab your passport...because
Tryst Theatre’s new show is the globetrotting
adventure of a lifetime!
And next month it stops off in Alloa’s Coach
House Theatre for four nights...en route to Argentina!
Travels with my Aunt is a rip-roaring,
rapid-fire, anarchic comedy which tells the story of
retired bank manager Henry Pulling and his exciting
adventures with his eccentric Aunt Augusta.
In their madcap travels – from London and Brighton
to Paris, Italy, Istanbul and South America - Aunt Augusta
pulls Henry away from his dull and safe existence into
an exotic world of international intrigue, travel, crime
Four actors – Jim Allan, Alan Clark, Brian Paterson
and Brian Tripney - play Henry plus 25 other larger-than-life
characters, changing identities, nationalities, sexes
and even species in this high-energy theatrical joyride
that will keep you laughing from beginning to end.
At the outset we meet retired, mild-mannered bank manager
Henry Pulling at a funeral. A repressed bachelor in
his mid-fifties, he leads a boring life in which his
idea of excitement is growing dahlias.
At the funeral he encounters for the first time his
Aunt Augusta, his complete opposite.
Played by Carol Clark, flamboyant, flame-haired 70-plus
Augusta Bertram is both the black sheep of the family
and a colourful bird of paradise who lives life to the
full. The titian-haired temptress believes in travel,
adventure, sex and life as one big party. Eccentric,
effervescent and outrageous, she formerly worked as
a high-class prostitute in Italy and revelled in small-time
crime with her mysterious partner Mr Visconti.
In the play she slowly sets about corrupting Henry.
Augusta becomes a bossy, waspish and intrusive mother
figure, drawing him into her shady world of smuggling,
drugs, hippies, war criminals, CIA operatives and military
Shortly after meeting up with her, Henry has had a
run-in with the police, smoked pot on the Orient Express,
smuggled money in Turkey and been offered sex in a brothel
And by the end he's arranged to marry an underage girl,
he's a smuggler working for a drug-running war criminal
in a highly dubious South American dictatorship, and
he's a witness to murder.
His aunt has indeed opened up a whole new world of
possibilities, coaxing Henry out of the prison of suburbia
to find freedom. The comedy has a simple message –
live dangerously because a life of adventure is far
more appealing than pedestrian drudgery.
Travels with my Aunt was a West End
hit in the early 90s, winning the Olivier Award for
Best Play in 1993. It was also made into an Oscar-winning
film in 1972, starring Maggie Smith as Aunt Augusta.
"I'm delighted that Aunt Augusta's travels have
brought her to Alloa en route to Argentina and Paraguay,”
said Director Jim Allan.
“This wonderfully wacky and riotous play becomes
a bit of a theatrical high-wire act over its ninety
minutes. Seeing new Henrys pop up all over the stage
is a bit like watching a magic show, especially when
one of these Henrys becomes someone else right before
your eyes without any major costume changes. And these
are dream parts for our five actors, especially for
the utterly outrageous Aunt Augusta.”
Travels with my Aunt is on at Alloa’s
Coach House Theatre on December 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th
at 7.30pm nightly. Tickets, £10, are now available