TORBEN BETTS’

INVINCIBLE (2017)

The smash-hit tour returns!

With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England.

One night they open their doors and invite next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan into their home.

Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.

From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, comes this ‘riotously funny’ production.

‘laugh out loud’ Evening Standard ★★★★

‘a refreshing, Ayckbourn-style comedy’ Daily Mail ★★★★

‘Highly entertaining’ The Times ★★★★

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The Details

Show, reviews, cast and production details

The recession is biting hard and so Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. They want to live, work and to raise their two young children in a friendly community, among what Emily terms ‘real people’, away from the cold anonymity of the city.

So these left leaning, well educated people have invited over two of their neighbours in an attempt to break the ice. Tonight Alan and Dawn are to be offered olives, anchovies and are to be introduced to Karl Marx and abstract art. As classes and outlooks collide, the scene is set for a meeting which will have consequences as hilarious as they are tragic.

What The Press Said:

2017

‘Riotous fun… sit-com funny but then, unexpectedly, widens and deepens to become something much more real. It’s full of wit and bravado, fun and anger…catch it if you can‘ ★★★★ The Times

An incredible piece of theatre which is not only hilarious but also heart-warming and thought-provoking★★★★ The Reviews Hub

2016

genuinely beautiful as well as sharply perceptive’ ★★★★ Libby Purves 

‘Very well acted. Smartly directed’ British Theatre Guide 

‘sharply observed bittersweet comedy… Simply superb’ ★★★★★ Stage Review

‘If you like Ayckbourn or Alan Bennett – you’ll love this.’ One Suffolk 

‘an Abigail’s Party for the 21st century… Brilliant.’ East Anglian Daily Times

‘Tickets for this stunning new play are going fast, if you love theatre you’d be advised to snap up the remaining ones quickly.’ East Anglian Daily Times

‘A most compelling piece of theatre and so well performed’ Eastern Daily Press

‘Refreshing, original and above all, highly entertaining, this is a bold statement from an emerging writing talent, and another fine production from The Original Theatre Company to boot.’ Beautiful South Magazine 

‘a gem of a production’ East Hampshire Online

‘such an enjoyable evening.’ ★★★★ Essential Surrey

What The Audience Said:

‘fantastic play… Hilarious and heart breaking by turns’

‘one of the very best plays I’ve seen recently!’

‘Absolutely brilliant’

‘Comical, satirical and very current’

‘Thought-provoking, funny and clever play’

Graeme Brookes

Graeme Brookes Alan

Elizabeth Boag

Elizabeth Boag Dawn

Alastair Whatley

Alastair Whatley Oliver

Emily Bowker

Emily Bowker Emily

Creative Team

Directed by: Stephen Darcy

Original direction by: Chris Harper

Produced by: Tom Hackney

Set Designed by: Victoria Spearing

Associate Designer: Minglu Wang

Lighting by: Andy Purves

Sound by: Max Pappenhiem

Associate Sound Designer: Daniel Balfour

Costume Supervisor and Wardrobe Master: David Morgan

 

CREW

Company Stage Manager: Felix Dunning

Deputy Stage Manager: Sarah Jenkins

 

Tues 24 – Sat 28 January     Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Tues 31 January – Sat 4 February     Derby Theatre

Wed 8 – Fri 10 February     Cast, Doncaster

Thurs 16 – Sat 18 February     Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Wed 22 – Sat 25 February     Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Wed 1 – Sat 4 March     Cambridge Arts Theatre

Tues 7 – Sat 11 March     Palace Theatre, Southend

Wed 15 – Sat 18 March     Harrogate Theatre

Tues 21 – Sat 25 March     The Lichfield Garrick Theatre & Studio

Tues 28 – Thurs 30 March     Theatre Royal Brighton

Tues 4 – Sat 5 April    New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Thurs 1 June – Sun 2 July    5959, Brits Off Broadway, New York

Tour Blog

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Production Photos

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Rehearsal Photos

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