Mungo Fogg is furious, dangerous and hilarious. The Fury of Mungo Fogg, presented by Richmond Players at the Richmond School of Arts, follows Mungo’s many attempts to obtain ownership of the Lavender Cottage and its farm. Despite financial hardship on the farm, the charming and purple-clad Lavender family are reluctant to move. Unable to purchase the farm, Mungo, played by Nicholas Noel, ropes others into a series of schemes to try to obtain ownership of the property, becoming increasingly frustrated and furious.
Audiences contribute to the humour of the show with unpredictable interjections. The MC, Michael Newcome prompts the audience to loudly boo the villain and cheer the hero in this melodrama. There are even sing-a-longs to old favourites during intervals, such as It’s a long way to Tipperary and When You’re Smiling, which maintain a high level of cheer in the room.
The play was originally performed as dinner theatre in Uralla where the show raised money for the local historical society to purchase McCossins Mill as a local museum. Richmond audiences can choose between a matinee show with afternoon tea, a dinner show with a two-course meal or an evening show with a light supper served at each table. Audience members can bring their own drinks and nibbles for every show. Tickets for shows on 25 November and 2 December start from $25 and can be purchased at www.richmondplayers.com.au .
The cast of the Richmond Players will demonstrate their breadth of talents again in 2018 with plans for presentations including Rope, a psychological thriller by Patrick Hamilton in May and the Wizard of Oz in August, which will be made in collaboration with Richmond High School. Subscriptions for all three of the 2018 plays are $50 for adults and $25 for juniors.