The genius, of course, is that we have all seen something a little bit like it.
Multiply it a millionfold and you get The Play That Goes Wrong, the utterly-hilarious celebration of every possible amdram calamity.
Pure, brilliant entertainment from first to last, it’s that rarest of things – a show that really will have you gasping for breath as it hits you with laugh after laugh after laugh.
And for hours afterwards, you will be remembering the funnies in a disconnected stream.
The set-up is an amateur company staging a creaky Mousetrap-style murder mystery. But the gods are against them. Props fail, actors are knocked out, ceilings collapse, lines are mangled and an impromptu understudy refuses to let the first-choice actor back on.
It is all completely bonkers – and quite exhaustingly funny.
All you can do is salute the supreme skill of a cast capable of choreographing chaos to absolute perfection.
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