SEP 01] BELGRADE THEATRE REVIEW
fine display of naked and semi naked men were seen by all in
Alan Bleasdale’s Having a Ball at Coventry’s Belgrade
were also treated to a top display of male underwear from the
mightily attractive Y-fronts (with tucked in vest) through to
the posing pouch - each matching their characters perfectly.
is a comedy based around a private hospital, three men, their
lives and the traumas of waiting for a vasectomy.
the very well heeled Malcolm 'Y- front man' Thomas, to Ritchie
'posing pouch' Burrows the old school bully, through to the
Guardian reading Lenny 'naked' Anderson, each had a very
different reason for getting the snip.
in a cynical nurse, a female doctor and a wife who knows too
much and you have a plot that ticks along nicely.
there did seem to be one character too many. Towards the end of
the play George Hill, who plays Harry the sex god in his 70’s
Landis, comes into the hospital for his vasectomy proclaiming
the virtues of living life to the full.
within minutes he dies after a heart attack without adding
anything to the play.
Anderson played by Colin Campbell steals the show with one
extremely funny scene that would not be out of place in a Carry
On film. Never have I seen a naked man played with so much
vigour and animation.
to say, the ladies were impressed.
a funny play with a few extremely funny scenes that will keep
you amused for the full 2 hours.
A BALL' RUNS AT THE BELGRADE THEATRE UNTIL 15 SEPTEMBER - DETAILS