Berkhamsted Group | 11.08.2016

Berkhamsted Sixth take ‘The Hypochondriac’ to Edinburgh Festival This Weekend

Berkhamsted Sixth take ‘The Hypochondriac’ to Edinburgh Festival This Weekend

Berkhamsted Sixth take ‘The Hypochondriac’ to Edinburgh Festival

Sunday 14th August – Saturday 20th August

Greene Shoots Theatre return to the Fringe with a radical reinvention of a classic comedy.The Hypochondriac (or Le Malade Imaginaire), originally conceived by Molière as a comedy-ballet, famously satirises the self-proclaimed ‘medicinal miracle makers’ operating in 17th century Paris. It debuted in 1673 with Molière himself in the leading role as the miserly Argan in what turned out to be his final stage performance.

In a thrilling new adaptation by Dawn Wylie and Oliver Pengelly, Molière’s script is reinvented as a fast-paced, fun and frantic piece of high-energy storytelling. The familiar characters of Argan, Toinette and Bèline are re-created in an anachronistic punk-restoration world where their actions are always at the mercy of the mischievous ensemble of watching storytellers. This talented young cast bring the story to life using puppetry, physical theatre and choral work to create an unforgettable new production that will have all the family enthralled.

Greene Shoots Theatre return to the Fringe for their sixth year. Currently comprising 19 actors aged between 17 and 18 from Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire, the company takes its name from one of its famous ex-pupils Graham Greene. Greene Shoots Theatre has rapidly developed a reputation for reinterpreting classic texts using its trademark slick ensemble performance style and this production plans to be no different. Following a sell-out run in Berkhamsted in December 2015 the company are delighted to be bringing Molière’s The Hypochondriac to the Fringe and are confident that this is their best show yet.

Cast List
Argan (a hypochondriac)   George Lewarne 
Toinette (Argan’s maid)  Harriet Fisk
Beline (Argan’s wife)  Kathryn Ward
Beralde (Argan’s brother)    Jonny Thomas-Davies
Angelique (Argan’s daughter)   Chloe Champken
Cleante (Angelique’s beau)   Jonny Warr
M. Purgon (chief physician)  Alisiya Guysenova
M. De Bonnefoi (lawyer)   Issy Stevenson
M. A Fleurant (apothecary)   Niall Davies 
M. B Fleurant (apothecary)  Nick Webber
Mme Diafoirus (Argan’s friend)   Maddy MacConnol
Thomas  Diafoirus (her son)   Charlie Pipe
Ensemble    Isla Harrison
Ensemble    Lottie Binger
Ensemble    Millie Masters
Ensemble    Amy Cable
Ensemble    Parvaaz Mann
Ensemble    Sebastian Fage
Ensemble    Lia Armitage


 Directing, Artistic and Technical Team
Writers/Directors   Oliver Pengelly and Dawn Wylie 
Stage Manager Caitlin Bullen-Teasdale
Costume Design Emma Burgar 
Costume Construction  Emma Burgar, Joyce Beadle,
Jenni Mannion
Front of House  Dominic Curtis 
Poster Design Fringe Posters


Click here to book tickets online


Read an interview with Oliver Pengelly in The New Current


Read the five star review by The New Current
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