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Wednesday 10 May 2017

Police Called To Too Real Rehearsal Of Brighton Fringe Play

Police were called to a pub after a passer-by mistook rehearsals of a Brighton Fringe play for a real incident.
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The cast of Hastings-based theatre company It's Not Us were rehearsing their brand new dark comedy Time Please in preparation for a pre-Brighton Fringe preview.

In the play, an unhinged regular takes a pub landlord and lady hostage, threatening to blow up the boozer unless his bizarre demands are met. 

However, rehearsals took an unexpected turn when a passer by heard a commotion from behind the closed pub doors and called the police, thinking a genuine disturbance was taking place.

"The play is a bit shouty and sweary," said Kate Tym who co-wrote the script and plays the part of feisty publican, Cath. 


"It seems it was a bit too real. Someone passing called the police saying there was a "woman in distress.""

Three police cars soon arrived on the scene, to find rehearsals in full swing. 

"Hats off to the police for a speedy response," said John Knowles, co-author, who plays Cath's husband, Steve.

"Fortunately, there was no trouble afoot and police were greeted by three jolly thespians, albeit with one (Garry Fox, who plays Keith) dressed in a fake bomb vest. "

We're taking it as a testament to the realism of the play," said Garry.

Publican Chris Leach said@ "That's the first time in nearly five years that the police have been called to our pub!"

Time Please held a sell-out Brighton preview in Hastings on Tuesday evening, and arrives at the Bee"s Mouth in Brighton from 25-29 May 2017. For Brighton Fringe news and listings CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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