Pull the Other One, the play staged by Capitol Players, Gaborone’s oldest theatre group, at Moth Hall, is a very brave choice by its director and producer Robyn Dalton Leming. The comedy play, written by Norman Robbins, is about Albert Perkins (Adrian Raas), whose friend Hilary Armitage (Andrews Davies) sends him a letter about the ‘good times’ that they used to have. The letter falls onto the hands of Albert’s mother in law, Gertrude Kennedy (Olya Tout).
Hilary turns out to be a man when he shows up at the Perkin’s door, (in drag!) and Gertrude’s sole purpose then becomes wrenching her adopted daughter Muriel Perkins (Thabi Letsunyane) from the clutches of Albert, whom she calls an evil sex fiend. Albert is also talked into posing nude for a painting by a young lady artist, named Virginia Brown (Jackie Morris), which spells out catastrophe for Gertrude.
Pull the Other One is a classic farce, a comedy that features a lot of word play and innuendo. Another character of a theatrical farce is slamming doors. The stage set, designed by Barry Leming, has three doors that the cast of seven walked in and out off the stage causing a lot of movement on stage, building up to a climax at the end of the scenes. They amazingly built up the chaos without missing a beat in the high-energy movement.
The play is originally set in England but has been adapted by Robyn and Keith Letting to current day Botswana. Locations are been changed to Gaborone, Francistown and Cape Town. Also infused in the adaptation are the power cuts of a couple of months ago. Which, unfortunately, occur at a climax when Gertrude brings new evidence she has found on Albert that would expose him in front of all to see.
Pull The Other One, which opened last week, will continue being staged on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets are sold at Exquisite Jewellers in Game City and cost P50. The Mothe Hall is located behind the Bus Rank Mall at the Gaborone Bus Rank.