‘One Man Two Guvnors’ a hilarious success
Sackville’s annual school show took a new direction this year, as our sixth form presented an extremely funny performance of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors‘. This play by Richard Bean is an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters a 1743 Commedia dell’arte style comedy play by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni.
Francis Henshall spends the first act in a state of such extreme hunger that he is driven to take on two jobs in order to earn enough to ‘eat every day’. Unfortunately for Francis, his intellectual powers are no match for his appetite, and he proceeds through act one in a state of increasing confusion as he tries to keep from each of his ‘guvnors’ that he is also working for someone else.
The second act sees him finally having eaten, but now pursuing love in an equally farcical manner.
Dan Wheate, playing Francis, held centre stage with perfect comic timing. He was supported by superb performances from the rest of the cast, many veterans of several Sackville shows.
There was also audience involvement, with Dan at one point seeking the muscular help of Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher Julian Grant and Neil Feist to move a particularly heavy trunk.
A hugely enjoyable evening, and a fitting final performance of many of our year 13s.