Sharp comedy and brilliant observation in acclaimed Invincible

Invincible at the Devonshire Park Theatre
Invincible at the Devonshire Park Theatre

The much-admired Original Theatre Company returns to the Devonshire Park Theatre with the latest Torben Betts play Invincible; middle-class Londoners Emily and Oliver have downsized to the north and want to get to know their new neighbours.

Over an awkward evening of anchovies, olives and delightfully toe curling comments socialist Emily and her liberal partner Oliver meet the seemingly oafish Alan and his adored (if tanned and tarty) wife Dawn from next door. This is more than just a class-divide comedy however; while the laughs come thick and fast, the play will also challenge and engage. Applauded by critics, audiences are sure to enjoy this new production.

The full cast includes Alastair Whatley (Birdsong) as Oliver, Emily Bowker as Emily, Graeme Brookes as Alan and Kerry Bennett as Dawn. The play has already received rave reviews for its spikey comedy and acerbic observations, with Bett’s writing drawing comparisons to Ayckbourn and the theatre classic Abigail’s Party.

Alastair Whatley most recently played Teddy Graham in the 2015 UK tour of Flare Path and Evans in the UK tour of Birdsong. Other recent theatre roles include Jerome in Three Men in a Boat and The Reverend Lionel Toop in See How They Run, and the title role in Henry V. Alastair is also the Artistic Director of Original Theatre Company. Emily Bowker is currently appearing at Salisbury Playhouse in Up Down Man, the sequel to the internationally acclaimed Up Down Boy by Brendan Murray. Emily’s recent roles include Birdsong, A Bunch of Amateurs, What the Women Did and London Wall.

Graeme Brookes most recently appeared in The Tempest, A View from a Bridge, The Rivals; A Slight Ache/The Lover, King David – Man of Blood, Tanika’s Journey and The Police. Kerry Bennett recently finished playing Jess Cranham in Casualty. Kerry’s theatre work includes Calendar Girls, One for All and The Queen is Dead.

Nightly performances from May 10-14 at 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, tickets from £15.50, to book or for more information call the box office on 01323 412000 or online www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk contains some strong language