Black Rat To Tour Wales With Joe Orton Satire, Loot

Black RAT Productions and Blackwood Miner’s Institute will present a coproduction of Joe Orton’s comedy Loot for their Autumn Tour of Wales 2018 supported by Arts Council Wales.

Black RAT Productions is now in its 11th year creating and touring dynamic and accessible theatre. The team behind last year’s One Man, Two Guvnors will present the original version of Joe Orton’s dark comic masterpiece Lot which will be directed by Richard Tunley. Other past successful productions by Richard Tunley and Black RAT have included: Bouncers, Up ’n’ Under, Neville’s Island, Boeing Boeing, Bedroom Farce and The 39 Steps.

The company will tour the production to 17 venues across Wales from Tuesday October 2 until Saturday 10 November, opening with three nights at Blackwood Miners Institute from 2-4 October and finishing their tour at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 10 November.

Joe Orton’s satirical comedy has the perception and attitude to death by people in the mid twentieth century as its main theme.

Dennis works for an undertaker and Hal’s old Mum has just died. Ludicrous slapstick meets dubious morals as the two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in Hal’s Mum’s occupied coffin, all whilst trying to avoid a crazed policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.

With the money safely hidden, there’s no place for ‘Mum’ whose body keeps re-appearing at inopportune times and the two thieves stumble their way through with hilarious consequences.Orton’s classic farce is a mix of acts of lunacy, political incorrectness and macabre humour resulting in a hilariously funny play that creates an inimitable theatrical experience for audiences.

“Loot is the perfect piece for Black RAT,” says Director Richard Tunley, “ The timing and comedy needed is a speciality of the company who have successfully delivered fast paced actioned packed autumn tours that have delighted audiences over recent years. I know audiences for the show all across Wales will have a thoroughly good time! “

A talented group of some of Wales’ finest comedy actors make up the cast. The company are delighted to welcome back Julie Barclay (Mrs McLeavy), Sam Davies (Truscott) Sarah- Jayne Hopkins (Fay), Rick Yale (Hal) and Lee Gilbert (Meadows). They will be joined by Black RAT newcomers John Cording (McLeavy) and Gareth Tempest (Dennis).

The production has an age suitability of 14+

Further information is available at along with links to the venues Box Office’s to book tickets.

Loot Tour Dates & Venues

  • Tues 2 -Thurs 4 October, Blackwood Miners’ Institute, 7.30pm            

  • Sat 6 October, Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm            

  • Mon 8 October, Congress, Cwmbran, 7.30pm            

  • Weds 10 October, Pontardawe Arts Centre , 7.30pm            

  • Thurs 11 October, The Lyric, Camarthen, 7.30pm                    

  • Tues 16 & Weds 17  October, The Coliseum, Aberdare,    7.30pm           

  • Weds 17 October, The Coliseum, 1.00pm           

  • Thurs 18 October, Grand Pavillion, Porthcawl, 7.30pm           

  • Fri 19 October Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, 7.30pm                

  • Tues 23 October, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli, 7.30pm           

  • Weds 24 October, Stiwt, Wrexham, 7.30pm             

  • Sat 27 October, Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, 7.30pm           

  • Tues 30 October, Ffwrnes, Llanelli, 7.30pm           

  • Weds 31 October, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 7.30pm           

  • Thurs 1- Sat 3 November, RWCMD, Cardiff, 7.45pm           

  • Tues 6 November, The Borough, Abergavenny, 7.30pm           

  • Fri 9 November, Maesteg Town Hall, 7.30pm              

  • Sat 10 November, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm                       

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