publick-transportMining its trademark vein of absurdist humour, the brilliant theatre duo Publick Transport returns to rural Dorset for two nights as part of Artsreach’s spring programme.

In these times of uncertainty laughter goes a long way, and although government isn’t an obvious comical topic, Publick Transport makes it a perfect tonic in their theatrical comedy ‘The Department of Smelling Pistakes’. This production follows Publick Transport’s touring comedy production last year, ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Office’.

Taking inspiration from writers such as Gogol and Bulgakov, Publick Transport presents a comedy set in a forgotten office deep within the bowels of a Russian governmental building where two civil servants jostle for power, one a puffed up bureaucrat in search of a job description, the other an unidentified inspector, the purpose of whose visit remains frighteningly vague. Reluctant to commit to specific thought for fear of showing ignorance of the party line – which changes hourly – they make idle conversation out of which is extrapolated the deepest meaning, while their attempts at political correctness only result in grammatical incorrectness.

The Department of Smelling Pistakes

Set in a Tatiesque-cum-Orwellian world of tannoy broadcasts, random directives, microdots and listening devices, 'The Department of Smelling Pistakes' is a delightfully daft piece of slapstick comedy about a Soviet civil servant's attempt to hold onto his job even though he can't remember what it is, while an inspector threatens to wrestle it from him by putting him through a series of bizarre tests. Speaking in suspect Russian accents and communicating in what appears to be poorly translated English, the pair stumble through one misunderstanding after another as they try to out-do each other at political correctness. A hilarious satire on mind-numbing bureaucracy and Party paranoia, with spadefuls of surreal comedy and wordfoolery – not to be missed!

  • Burton Bradstock Village Hall      Fri 25 March, 7:30pm 01308 897214
  • Martinstown Village Hall           Sat 26 March, 7:30pm    01305 889535

Tickets are £8 / £6 (u18) / £25 (family of 4)

"A thing of sublime comic beauty… unmissable" Venue Magazine


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