21 – 24 Sept 2016
Wednesday 21 September 2016 – Start Time: 8:00pm
Thursday 22 September 2016 – Start Time: 8:00pm
Friday 23 September 2016 – Start Time: 8:00pm
Saturday 24 September 2016 – Start Time: 8:00pm
Bernard Shaw’s anti-romantic comedy involves not one but two love triangles which generate the play’s dramatic tension and comedy. In the first love triangle, Raina Petkoff, a young, well-bred Bulgarian girl is engaged to Sergius, a dashing Cavalry Officer. Sergius leads a heroic cavalry charge in the Battle of Slivnitsa to send the Serbians retreating back to Serbia.
However, Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary, fighting on the Serbian side, climbs into Raina’s bedroom to hide from the Bulgarian soldiers. He manages to charm Raina and she decides to hide him until it’s safe for him to leave. Three months later he returns and Raina must choose between he and Sergius. On the other hand, Sergius is tired of the “higher love” with Raina and flirts with Louka, a maid in the Petkoff household. Since, Louka is unhappily engaged to Nicola, an older servant, and wants to marry into the upper class, she welcomes Sergius’ advances. In a period where class and status rule can Louka convince the noble Sergius to marry her? For the Master of the household, Major Petkoff, confusion abounds as he tries to get to the bottom of who is engaged to whom.
Shaw called his play an anti-romantic comedy because he satirizes the romantic views of love and war. He regards romantic notions as a barrier to happiness as it prevents sustainable marriages and encourages reckless heroics in battle causing more casualties than are necessary. The philosophic heart of the play, though, is the debate between Idealism v Realism. In every sphere of human activity a certain amount of Idealism and Realism is necessary. Achieving the right balance, though, is the tricky bit.