Sara-Anne stars in college comedy

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AN ARBROATH student is utilising her maritime knowledge to help with the latest production at Dundee College.

Sara-Anne Masson is one of a group of acting and performance students who are offering an absurd comedy with their production of ‘The Sea’ by Edward Bond.

The 19-year-old describes the play as a sort of ‘War of the Worlds’ meets ‘The Tempest’. She went on to define Bond’s play as a Chekovian comedy.

The Arbroath Academy former pupil continued: “Written in the 1970s, the play is set in a coastal village during the Edwardian era – about the same time as H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’.

“While the play starts with a tragedy, a man drowning at sea during a storm, how the eccentric characters deal with the aftermath of this event certainly has its moments of pathos as well as high farce.

“The comedy is delivered to the audience through the absurdity of characters who take themselves far too seriously. Ultimately, Bond’s play is a coruscating attack on that most venerable of British institutions – the class system.”

Two of Bond’s more extreme creations are Hatch, a mad draper who believes that insidious aliens are trying to invade the minds of the locals; and Mrs Rafi, the local lady of the manor who enjoys torturing the lower classes in general.

A total of 15 first-year HND students are involved in the production at The Space, Dundee College Kingsway Campus.

‘The Sea’ runs from April 24 to 27, with curtain up at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets are free at the door on the night.