A glorious crash course on Britishness, drawn from the wartime pamphlet for GIs issued by the United States Office of War Information, does more than the advertised tickling of the ribs.
Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, by Fol Espoir, induces a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience who, for the purposes of the comedy, are the servicemen being addressed.
It’s 1942 and you have just arrived in England – where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the delicious quirks and eccentricities of British life.
The problem is, the experts have only just arrived themselves! Will the plucky team succeed in explaining the quirks and customs of everyday British life? Or will Hitler’s propaganda split the allies asunder?
The show can be seen at Crich Glebe Field Centre on November 20 at 7.30pm. It is a Live and Local production.