Oo Missus – it’s Privates on Parade!
Pick Me Up Theatre brings you Privates on Parade – every pun intended – an award-winning ‘play with songs’ based on the real-life experiences of its author Peter Nichols.
The play centres on the outrageous antics of a song and dance unit staging concert parties for British troops in Singapore post WWII where Nichols shared the limelight with Carry On’s Kenneth Williams and comedian Stanley Baxter.
We follow the journey of naive Private Steve Flowers after he’s posted to the South East Asia entertainment unit. Here he meets fabulously flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis who brings a whole new meaning to army camp with his c ross-dressing song and dance routines.
Privates on Parade premiered in 1977 by the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a hilarious and sometimes poignant show full of songs by Denis King – think Carmen Miranda meets Noel Coward and Marlene Dietrich!
Director Robert Readman has assembled a top cast led by Rory Mulvihill as the outrageous Captain Dennis and James Potter as Private Flowers.